Bolstered Eagles dare to dream of glory
THE return of eight regular A-graders should give the Ipswich Eagles every chance of beating University of Queensland in today's QAFA competition elimination final at St Lucia.
That's the hope of head coach Mick Rush who conceded last week's 127-point loss to Griffith Moorooka was less than ideal a week before the finals.
However, Rush rested a number of key players, including captain Luke Konstanciak, Chris Devlin, Justin Cummings and Billy North.
It gave some young players valuable late-season experience with those footballers expected to bolster the Eagles Reserves.
The Ipswich Reserves tackle Carrara in today's earlier knockout final.
"We had nothing to play for," Rush said of last Saturday's game.
However, the focus was dramatically different this week with the club's best players eager to advance through the playoffs after finishing fifth.
"We're going to have a good crack at it," Rush said.
"We've got close to our best side. There's a lot of changes but they are all quality players coming back in."
Eagles lost both games to UQ earlier this season. However, they were only by one and eight-point margins and UQ fielded some state league players.
Rush expects to face their QAFA line-up today.
QAFA (A) elimination finals today: Seniors (2pm) - Ipswich Eagles v UQ. Reserves (11.30am): Ipswich Eagles v Carrara. Both games are at University of Queensland fields at St Lucia.