‘Chiggy’ leads next generation of Eagles talents

IF Justin "Chiggy'' Cummings represents the Ipswich Eagles new generation, the club has a promising future.

That was clear after Cummings was one of his team's best players in Saturday's much-needed 59 point victory over Calamvale at Limestone Park.

Hovering outside the top five, the Eagles improved their percentages with an 18.12-120 to 9.7-61 success in rainy conditions.

After his team trailed by two goals at first quarter time, Cummings typified the work ethic needed to keep the Eagles in the hunt for Division 3 finals footy.

The Eagles lifted the pressure to lead 55-38 at halftime and 94-42 by three quarter time.

"It was good we bounced back after a bit of a poor performance last week,'' Cummings, 21, said.

"They started to run out of legs and we took advantage of that.

"At times it was a bit muddy but the boys' delivery was spot on and we had to play some good wet weather footy.''

Without regular goalscoring ace Adam Gillespie, Eagles captain Luke Konstanciak stepped up to boot eight goals.

Regular midfielder Cummings has played in eight games for the Eagles this season, moving into a small forward role the past two weeks.

He likes the nickname Chiggy, in reference to his dad's favourite player at Glenelg Football Club in South Australia.

Augustine Heights-based Cummings played for the Ipswich under-18 side that merged with Jindalee, joining with other talented up and comers like Rory Bullard and Shane Mills.

After playing his junior footy around the country with his parents in the defence force, Cummings is looking to settle in Ipswich.

"It's a very welcoming club. It's a friendly environment,'' the apprentice electrician said of the Eagles.

"Good mates, good atmosphere.''

The Ipswich Eagles Reserves maintained their push for a top two spot by beating Calamvale 14.15-99 to 4.3-27. - David Lems

State of play

SEQAFL Division 3: Ipswich Eagles 18.12-120 d Calamvale 9.7-61.

Leading goalkickers: 8 Luke Konstanciak; 2 Rory Bullard, Al Poulton, Nathan Macklin; 1 Tim Pole, Chris Devlin, Aaron Fortescue, Justin Cummings.

Reserves: Ipswich Eagles 14.15-99 d Calamvale 4.3-27.

Leading goalkicker: Mat Harley 5.

Next match: Saturday - Ipswich v Logan at Limestone Park.



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