Mateship name of game as Eagles pair reach 200
IT WAS the magnificent mateship that provided the satisfaction in another milestone match for the Ipswich Eagles.
Long-serving forwards Paul Schoormans and Michael Lugg were honoured in style before and after Ipswich's QAFA (A) Reserves 46 point win over Griffith Moorooka at Limestone Park.
Schoormans and Lugg were welcomed by a guard of honour and ran through a specially made banner marking their 200th games for the club.
After winning at Mark Marsh Oval, the Eagles duo were carried from the field before sharing a celebratory beer with teammates in a jubilant Eagles dressing room.
"It's a great occasion, they are a great club and I'm proud to be part of it,'' said Schoormans who fittingly kicked the first and last goal of the match.
"It was excellent.''
Schoormans, about to turn 38, admitted he became "pretty emotional'' after the pre-game speeches and what followed on the field.
Lugg, 37, agreed as he had photos taken with family and friends.
"We're all close mates and all our families are very close as well,'' he said.
Lugg said it was a good to get a win with some of the club's Old Boys coming from around Queensland to mark the milestone weekend.
"They were lucky they actually could lift me up,'' Lugg joked when reflecting on being chaired from the field along with Schoormans.
Lugg and Schoormans were both named in Ipswich's Team of the Decade, for their work as full forward and in the forward pocket respectively.
They have been two of the club's leading goalkickers for many years.
Lugg recalls playing 150 of his 200 games with the Senior team, helping the Reserves in recent seasons.
He's been with the club for more than 14 years.
He rated making grand finals in 2004 and 2005 as among the highlights.
To be playing on Saturday was an achievement in itself for Lugg who broke his collarbone in the pre-season.
"It was the first broken bone in footy,'' he said, happy to have enjoyed such a career, where he retired twice before coming back.
Schoormans has been with the Eagles since 2004, winning a number of awards including best and fairest and leading goalkicker multiple times.
His highest tally in a game is 10 goals "four for five times'' and "a lot of nines and eights''.
"But it's not much about the goals you can kick. It's more about the delivery you're getting from your mates. They're the ones giving it to you.''
He was also a former vice-captain.
Asked how many games he has left in him, Schoormans grinned: "Maybe a couple.''
"We've got some pretty awesome new facilities coming next year so we might strap on the boots for one more year.''
Ipswich's top side was unable to complete a winning double in going down 19.11-125 to 13.14-92 to Griffith Moorooka.
However, the Reserve team's 8.15-63 to 2.5-17 win was a fitting result for two club stalwarts.
Lugg booted the second last goal of the game, leaving Schoormans to add the final icing in the closing stages.
Ipswich's next matches are against Victoria Point away on Saturday.