Eagles final hopes flying high
AFTER kicking 11 goals the last time Ipswich played Redcliffe, exciting recruit Duran "DD'' Dick had every reason to be confident about his team's elimination final.
While booting seven less goals in Saturday's latest encounter, Dick still did a terrific job in the windy conditions at Limestone Park on Saturday.
His contribution helped the Eagles beat the Tigers 16.8-104 to 11.8-74, setting up a showdown with Carrara in next weekend's QFA Division 3 preliminary final.
"I'm really enjoying it,'' Dick said, outside a crammed dressing room high in emotion.
"It's pretty hard competition in a few games now but I'm working very hard with the boys and trying to keep all the skills.''
His 11 goal haul earlier in the year underlined his potential playing in the forward line for Ipswich.
While Saturday's final was closer than the 129 point thrashing Ipswich handed Redcliffe in June, the Eagles were always in charge.
Ipswich led 32-17 at quarter-final before building a comfortable 64-37 halftime advantage.
After dropping off their intensity the previous week against Pine Rivers, the home side kicked on to lead 85-49 going into the last period.
"All the boys were in control and the forward lines were picking up balls,'' DD said.
"It was a positive game.''
Justin Cummings and Keith Brick gave Dick some valuable support with three goals each in the tricky conditions.
"It was windy and hard to control the ball,'' he said, thriving on his role in the forward line.
The Indigenous talent from Western Australia said he'd been made welcome in his first season with the Eagles, receiving lifts to training and games while staying with his uncle.
"There's a lot of good fellas, made me really proud to play for the Eagles,'' he said, turning 19 next month.
"I'll just see how it goes now.''
The Eagles face Carrara in the next stage of this year's finals after competition leaders Victoria Point won that qualifying final 12.14-86 to 10.17-77 on Saturday.
"There's a pretty good feeling,'' DD said about the Eagles' chances of progressing further in the finals. "Hopefully next year I'll be playing for the Eagles as well.''
Ipswich's Reserve Grade team bowed out after losing to Redcliffe by 40 points in the earlier final on Saturday.
State of play
QFA Division 3: Ipswich Eagles 16.8-104 def Redcliffe Tigers 11.8-74.
Next game: Saturday - Preliminary final v Carrara.
Reserves: Redcliffe 8.7-55 def Ipswich Eagles 2.3-15.