TIME TO REFLECT: Ipswich Eagles head coach Mick Rush.
TIME TO REFLECT: Ipswich Eagles head coach Mick Rush. David Nielsen

Eagles mentor won't Rush into decision on next year

AFTER the club's most successful season in eight years, head coach Mick Rush will have a break before deciding his future.

"I'm going to talk to some of the players and I'll go from there," the experienced Aussie rules mentor said.

"The club's keen for me to go on. It's just difficult at times.

"I've got to weigh things up with the family and stuff like that.

"I've coached for a long time.

"Coaching footy is a huge commitment. The time and energy you put into it is immense."

However, having Rush guiding a new generation of Ipswich players would be a major boost for the Limestone Park-based club.

Although the Eagles lost Saturday's QAFA (A) semi-final to Pine Rivers, it was the senior team's best finish since 2006.

Rush is excited about the crop of young players like Keith Brick, Billy North and Zac Lawrence who can take the club further if they stick with the Eagles.

"There's a good future for the club there," Rush said.

"It was the first time we sort of went into the finals as a significant force since probably '07."

That final was ironically also in the wet.

The Eagles are traditionally a better side on dry ground so were up against it from the outset in their latest playoff.

"We've got quite a few talls at the moment so we were hoping for dry weather but it didn't happen," Rush said. "We had to leave out a couple of our forwards and go with a smaller side."

However, the Ipswich players toiled hard after trailing in the first quarter to draw level 31-31 at halftime and kicking ahead in the third quarter.

The home team rallied as the tough conditions took their toll.

"We did well," Rush said.

"I can't question the guys' endeavour. They were fantastic.

"They really had a crack."

In the other semi-final, competition leaders Griffith Moorooka advanced to the grand final after beating Redcliffe 17.6-108 to 7.6-48.

With their season over, the Eagles are preparing for their awards night at the Ipswich Turf Club on September 6.

State of play

QAFA (A) semi-final: Pine Rivers 13.9-87 d Ipswich Eagles 6.9-45. Ipswich out of finals race.



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