High-flying Eagles pair sink Roosters
IF YOUR name was Zachary, you had a pretty good day out for the Ipswich Eagles on Saturday.
Eagles pair Zachary Jahn and Zachary Lawrence combined to boot 13 goals for the Ipswich side, in their 24.18-162 to 4.9-33 away rout of Griffith Moorooka.
Jahn was the major protagonist with eight goals, and Lawrence added five in his first game of the season.
On Moorooka's small ground, Jahn and Lawrence played out of the goal square as traditional full forwards and were given every opportunity through quality service from the Eagles' midfielders.
In total, Ipswich had 10 goal-kickers with Nick Henwood, Chris Devlin and Cameron Viney all chipping in with two apiece.
After a so-so start to the match, Devlin said the Eagles really kicked things into gear in the second quarter to set up the 129-point result.
"The first quarter wasn't great, but after that we just switched on and started playing good footy,” he said.
"The last two games - against Carrara and then (on Saturday) - our skills have been better. Our ball movement coming out of the backline . . . we stuck to our structures, spread the ball and played level-headed. All the little things are coming together.”
The Eagles' midfield combined for more than 100 goals last season, and early signs are positive the Ipswich side can continue that trend in 2018.
"It was a good win,” Devlin said.
"Sometimes you can go into games like that with the mentality they're easy beats, and end up getting rolled.
"We had seven or eight outs that would normally start, which means we're looking pretty healthy for depth at the moment. No one's spot is cemented, which is good.”
The Eagles are now two wins and one loss from their first three games of the season.
The Reserve Grade Eagles also had a strong win on Saturday, defeating Moorooka 14.11-95 to 7.6-48.
Mathew Harley and Aaron Tregea both kicked bags of four as the Eagles put on 51 points to 14 after half time to run away with the contest.
QFA Division 3 Seniors: Ipswich Eagles 24.18-162 (Jahn 8, Lawrence 5, Devlin, Henwood, Viney 2, Irwin, Kennedy, Lovell, Brick, Massey goals) def. Griffith Moorooka 4.9-33 at Alexander Park, Moorooka.