New Ipswich Eagles coach David Hume is gearing up for a big season.
New Ipswich Eagles coach David Hume is gearing up for a big season. Claudia Baxter

Eagles train hard for success

AS a newcomer to the Ipswich area, David Hume took a gamble accepting a head coaching role.

However, the former Tasmanian is settling in well and thrilled about the playing group he is assembling for the AFLQ Division 2 premiership starting next month.

Having made a solid start late last year, Hume has stepped up Aussie rules training since January 10.

With the Limestone Park-based club unaffected by the floods, Hume has been working with about 60 players on game plans for the new season.

His recent efforts will receive their first progress check on Sunday when the Eagles play two pre-season trials at Collingwood Park. The matches are scheduled for noon and 2pm.

Hume is excited the focus is moving towards matches as his team gears up for its premiership opener on March 19 against new team Coomera.

“It’s been really good,” Hume said. “We’ve had good numbers at training.

“We’ve basically been doing game plan stuff.

“As matches come, we can actually start to ramp that side of it up as far as their learning goes.”

The other new club in this year’s 10-team competition is Nambour.

Hume is heartened having some Eagles regulars back like Chris Devlin and Darren Norwood. Long-time captain Luke Konstanciak and experienced campaigner Lucas Rodman are tipped to return in coming weeks.

Hume is also working with a number of under-18 talents like Justin Cummings, Rory Bullard and Trent Goodman.

“I’ve been getting to know the group. They’re a good bunch of blokes,” he said.

“I think we probably under-achieved a bit in the last few years.

“From my point of view, it’s really good trying to focus on what we can do . . . the things we can control.”

Hume is also preparing the Eagles for a Queensland Flood Relief Twenty20 carnival at Redcliffe on March 5. He hopes Ipswich can play sides like Caboolture and Nambour in the round-robin, shortened game format.

“I’m having a ball, just really enjoying it,” he said.

“I love my footy and it’s the first time I’ve been in charge of a team as the head coach.”

The Eagles are training Monday and Thursday nights at Limestone Park until March 8. Training will then change to Tuesday and Thursday nights.



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