Ipswich Eagles footballer Michael Lugg.
Ipswich Eagles footballer Michael Lugg. Kate Czerny

High-flying efforts of Eagles 200 gamers recognised

AUSSIE RULES: The Ipswich Eagles will have added motivation to lift in Saturday's QAFA (A) matches at Limestone Park.

Two of the club's most loyal players will celebrate magic milestones in Ipswich's Reserve grade match at Mark Marsh Oval.

Michael Lugg and Paul Schoormans have been among the leading goalkickers for the club.

Eagles stalwart Kym Mansell has seen first-hand as a player and a coach how valuable Lugg and Schoormans have been.

"They add experience to a very inexperienced team,'' Mansell said.

Mansell, who has played the most games (296) for the club, currently coaches the Reserve grade side featuring Lugg and Schoormans.

"Back in his day, Luggie did things on the field that you wouldn't believe he'd just done it,'' Mansell said.

"Some of the skills he used were like basketball skills.

"They were both full forwards and very well liked.

"Paul just dominates the scoring.''

Lugg is a three-time club grand final player in the Senior and Reserve grade teams. That was in 2004 and 2005, and 2013.

He was named full forward in the Eagles team of the previous decade.

Lugg also has the equal number of most goals in a game with 11.

He was the club's leading goalkicker multiple times.

Schoormans is a two-time grand final player - for the Seniors in 2005 and Reserves in 2013.

He's been the Reserve grade team's leading goalkicker for the past five years. That came after he was top goalkicker for two years for the Eagles senior side.

Schoormans was also leading goalkicker in his AFLQ competition from 2012-15.

He was named in the forward pocket in the Eagles team of the decade.

Mansell said Lugg and Schoormans will join a small group of 200 clubbers when they run onto Mark Marsh Oval at 11.45am.

Mansell is pleased the club continues to mark major milestones.

"It's important that we do,'' he said.

"Give a big banner for them to run through and try to make it a bit of a deal.

"It shows the true meaning, the pride and the passion they have in the club as well for hanging around for so long.''

Both Ipswich Eagles teams play Griffith Moorooka.

Game day

QAFA A competition: Saturday (11.45am and 2pm) - Ipswich Eagles v Griffith Moorooka at Mark Marsh Oval, Limestone Park.



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