Eagles refocus for finals
FORGET the disappointment and remember the discipline.
That's the message Ipswich Eagles head coach Kym Mansell will carry to training this week as the club returns to finals' football this season.
The Eagles Senior and Reserve Grade teams have both qualified for Saturday's elimination finals, expected to be played at Limestone Park.
Ipswich's top side finished third with the Eagles Reserve Graders coming fourth.
The Eagles will play Redcliffe in both grades after the completion of QFA Division 3 competition preliminary games.
After an impressive run of form, Ipswich's top side endured a surprise 112-105 loss to Pine Rivers at Rob Akers Reserve on Saturday.
Hoping to achieve another big win to challenge for second spot, Eagles suffered a double whammy.
While losing to Pine Rivers, second placed Carrara sprung an upset of their own in defeating previously unbeaten competition leaders Victoria Point 127-101.
That secured Carrara second spot, leaving Eagles in third.
In his top team's game, Mansell was looking for more despite what happened between Victoria Point and Carrara.
"I'm really disappointed,'' he said.
"I think we just expected to turn up and win by 150. It just didn't happen.''
The Eagles were still well in the game at three-quarter time, only trailing 80-79.
But Ipswich's recent finishing bursts were missing.
"Some of the boys were down on their previous performances . . . in basic skill areas and a bit of undiscipline in there as well,'' Mansell said.
The seven-point loss came after the Eagles Reserves went down by 49 points, leaving Mansell focused this week on: "Getting the enthusiasm up and just work on what we need to work on''.
Although not planning on playing finals' footy earlier this season, Mansell said his team was capable of at least beating Redcliffe and challenging Victoria Point or Carrara in the preliminary final a week later.
Among his team's best on Saturday were backline regular Jackson Bauemler and the ever-energetic Justin Cummings.
Midfielders Keith Brick and Chris Devlin were "solid'' as the Eagles missed an opportunity secure their 11th win of the season.
Ipswich's 10 win, six loss record left them in third on 40 points behind Victoria Point on 60 points (15 wins, one loss) and Carrara on 48 (12 wins, four losses).
Redcliffe was fourth on 36 points (nine wins and seven losses).
The Eagles Reserves were fourth on 32 points, behind Victoria Point (56), Carrara (44) and Redcliffe (40).
State of play
QFA Division 3: Pine Rivers 17.10-112 def Ipswich Eagles 16.9-105.
Reserves: Pine Rivers 14.8-92 def Ipswich Eagles 6.7-43.
Next games: Elimination finals - Ipswich Eagles v Redcliffe in both games at Mark Marsh Oval on Saturday (times to be confirmed).