Goodna defy penalty count to stay on top
A SECOND half surge has continued Goodna’s unbeaten record at home in the Ipswich Rugby League competition.
Tied 18-18 with Norths at halftime, the table-topping Eagles flew out of the blocks to run away with a 54-24 victory over the defending premiers.
Goodna coach Lawrie Campbell praised his side for the win after being starved of possession for much of the game.
“It was a lop-sided penalty count but to the boys’ credit they never lost their cool,” he said. “Norths had enough possession to win three games of football but our defence was really good and the overall performance was pleasing.
“They came out in the second half and played some great attacking football and we just did the tough carries early in the count which led to some nice tries.”
Goodna fullback Mitchell McNamee was awarded man of the match after taking over the kicking duties from injured halfback Corey Kirk.
“Mitchell was fantastic,” Campbell said. “We lost Corey in the first half but the boys showed that versatility we’ve been working hard on. We had another four or so tries disallowed through forward passes which could have been another few points.”
Top two dominate
FASSIFERN have kept pace with Goodna at the top of the IRL ladder with a convincing win over West End. With five straight away games, the second-placed Bombers kicked off with a 56-6 win over the Bulldogs at Daniel’s Park.
Fassifern coach Scott Ireland described the win as one of their best yet.
“I think that was our best performance this season,” Ireland said.
“Harold Mosby scored a hat-trick and I got a couple myself which was good. Goodna deserve to be minor premiers but hopefully we can sneak in behind them and avoid the knock-out stage of the finals.”
State of play
Goodna Eagles 54 (Alexander Tupuse, Anthony Noa 2, William Oloitoa 2, Albert Talipeau, Jackson Solofa, Toby Campbell, Malaki Oliotoa tries; Mitchell McNamee 6, Corey Kirk 3 goals) def Norths Tigers 24 (Brendan Marshall, Dion Willett, Tonga Mounga, Tyson Hornbuckle tries; Steven West 3, Dion Willett goals) at Woogaroo Field.
Brothers Ipswich 38 (Josh Leisemann, Loia Fetaoai 2, Jason Connors, Elijah Umu, Damien Ah You tries; Josh Leisemann 5 goals) def Swifts Bluebirds 30 (Andrew Taylor, Ratunasia Vatuinaruku 3, Sherrick Hemopo, Doug Asiata tries; Stephan O’Donahue 2, Ratunasia Vatuinaruku goals) at Brother Seery Oval.
Fassifern Bombers 56 (Scott Ireland 2, Ray Biara, Harold Mosby 3, Bernard Mosby, Kali Naque, Josh Ryan, Troy Hansen tries; Harold Mosby 8 goals) def West End Bulldogs 6 (Tupu Lisati try; Tre Sheppard goal) at Daniel’s Park.