Eagles soar as Bombers defeat Brothers
THE wins keep on coming for the high-flying Goodna Eagles.
Up against the defending Ipswich Rugby League premiers, and without a host of their starting squad players, Goodna found a way to come from behind and steal a 24-22 win against Norths yesterday.
Played at the Tigers home field, Goodna coach Lawrie Campbell said he couldn't have been prouder of his team's performance as a number of fresh faces stepped up for the competition leaders.
"It's just really good for the club," Campbell said.
"We had a lot of boys out again this week but they just keep turning up.
"We came from 10-nil behind early on to hit the front in the end. Full credit to Norths, they played a really good game of football and you always have to be wary of them at home.''
With another dominant display from captain Ramon Filipine, Campbell praised the team's resilience in he face of injuries.
"I have never had so many players out injured in all my years as a coach," he said. "But I'm really proud of the boys. They just deal with it and get on with the game."
With their next challenge against West End at home, Campbell said there were still improvements to be made.
"We have identified a few areas of our game to work on," he said. "Norths exposed a few weaknesses but we should be able to fix those up at training."
Clash of coaches
IN A battle of the player- coaches, Fassifern's Scott Ireland went head-to-head with Brothers Jason Connors at Hayes Oval.
Ireland scored his regular try-per-game as the Bombers stormed to a 42-32 win over last year's grand finalists.
Brothers came home strong as they tried to rein in a 38-16 margin with seven minutes to go.
"I wasn't happy with the last bit but if we can get that out of our game I'll be happy," Ireland said.
"Brothers were playing good footy and it was hard to defend. Jason was leading by example and I can relate to that. When you coach you never lose that player inside."
State of Play
Ipswich Rugby League round 7 results:
West End 30 def Swifts 26 at Daniel's Park.
Fassifern 42 def Brothers 32 at Hayes Oval.
Goodna 24 def Norths 22 at Cribb Park.