THINKER: Alby Talipeau (right) plans to create something as Max Seumanutafa charges ahead against Brothers recently..
THINKER: Alby Talipeau (right) plans to create something as Max Seumanutafa charges ahead against Brothers recently.. David Nielsen

Calm Alby the key to Goodna's title hopes

THE guiding hand of Goodna Eagles veteran Alby Talipeau has been credited for the club's surge towards the Ipswich A Grade premiership.

Talipeau, 35, was a key figure at hooker in the Eagles' 61-6 win over Swifts last week and captain Ramon Filipine said the experience of the former Sydney Rooster was invaluable.

The Eagles travel to Redbank Plains to play Eastern Cobras on Sunday with Talipeau at hooker.

"Alby has played at the highest level and he brings a calmness to our team," Filipine said.

"He takes a lot of pressure off our halves because he is a thinker and not just worried about the ruck. He's always trying to put our halves in a good position and they play better footy when he is at nine.

"Alby is a good mentor as well. He is very approachable for all the boys and thinks about the future of the club and developing the players."

The defending premiers won't be taking the Cobras lightly.

"We prepare well for every game and we respect every team in this comp, because on any day anyone could lose," Filipine said.

"We don't just want to throw the ball around and get carried away. We want to work to our structure and fine tune that for the finals."



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