BRAVE: The flare up of a back injury could not stop Goodna five-eighth Corey Kirk (with ball) in the grand final.
BRAVE: The flare up of a back injury could not stop Goodna five-eighth Corey Kirk (with ball) in the grand final. David Nielsen

Corey Kirk shines despite back injury flare up

THE bravery of Goodna five-eighth Corey Kirk came to the fore as the club stalwart battled on in the A Grade grand final with a back injury.

Kirk, who scored a crucial try in the Eagles' 32-14 victory, gave the goal kicking duties to Ray Baira in the second half after his leg went numb due to an old injury flaring up.

"I've had a bulging disc in my lower right back for a few years and each year it gets progressively worse,” Kirk said.

"Halfway through the first half Kali (Nauqe) dropped me on it and I was getting pins and needles down to my ankles. I got a bit of treatment at half-time, but I knew it was the last game of the year so I played on.”

It was Kirk's third title win with Goodna but he's not sure if it was his last game for the Eagles.

"I can't make a call on that now but if it is the way I go out then it is a great way to finish my career,” he said.

"It was typical finals footy where you had to win the battle of the middle before earning the right to go wide. It was a good battle but I think we just got the edge. When you play behind a pack like ours it makes it an easy job to steer them around.”



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