Halfback magic the key in big Goodna win
THE game smarts of Goodna half Ben Thorburn inspired a crushing 78-14 away win over Eastern Cobras.
The Eagles scored 14 tries with captain Ramon Filipine notching another hat-trick to continue his blazing form in the Ipswich A Grade competition.
Five-eighth Corey Kirk had a match haul of 30 points with two tries and 11 goals.
Coach Laurie Campbell said Thorburn was in everything.
"Ben had a bit more control, had the show and go working and got his running game going,” he said.
"Corey Kirk was stifled a bit early but then really got going and Alby Talipeau at hooker ran the show in the middle.”
PJ Oloitoa had an impressive debut at fullback, winger Alex Tupuse also impressed the coach while prop Zac Lemberg was rugged up front for Goodna.
Campbell said his side would need to be better in the finals.
"It was very stop-start and we couldn't get into the game,” he said.
"We played some good footy in patches but nothing like what you will need at the end (of the season).”
In the other Ipswich A Grade game, Brothers had a 38-12 win over West End.
Luke O'Doherty, Cameron Picker, Tasi Graff and Matt Bell all backed up from games in reserves and under 19s and played off the bench.
"It was a great effort by the boys considering we had 13 fresh players,” club secretary Luke Smith said.
Smith said hooker James Haynes showed guts playing on one leg with a busted knee and "just keeps turning up”. Falani Togia, usually a back-rower, was also strong in the centres.
The Brothers women's team also had an outstanding 38-12 win over Wests as they march towards the finals. Australian and Queensland star Ali Brigginshaw put on a master class on her way to scoring two tries and setting up others.