Eagles keen to spread their wings against rivals
FRESH from a day out at the Ipswich Cup and a bye weekend, the Ipswich Eagles are hoping the skies clear this morning.
With a vital away game against third-placed Griffith Moorooka, the Eagles are on a mission to secure a top five spot.
The sixth-placed Eagles enjoyed a weekend off, with about 30 players bonding at the Ipswich Cup.
"It freshened the boys up. It probably came at a pretty good time for us," Eagles coach Mick Rush said.
However, Rush was hoping for drier weather today on Griffith Moorooka's resurfaced Alexander Park field.
"We need the clear weather because skill level and talent wise, we're the better side," he said.
"We can't afford to lose too many games from here on in. We need to beat teams above us on the ladder."
Griffith Moorooka is one of those, having held out Ipswich 11.9-75 to 7.8-50 in the first round.
Rush believes his team learnt from that loss as they prepare a charge for the finals.
"They have a really strong press where they push a lot of their guys forward," he said.
One ploy he's hoping to use today is pushing creative allrounder Matt Uebergang into the halfback line.
"I think that's where he has played his best footy for us this year," Rush said.
"At halfback, he gets to find his own footy and he's got a prodigious kick.
"We'll go in better prepared."
Weather concerns aside, Rush expects to field a near full-strength side today, buoyed by improved performances before the bye weekend.
Today: Ipswich Eagles v Griffith Moorooka at Alexander Park. Games at noon and 2pm.