Eagles concern for star kicker in disappointing loss
SENIOR Ipswich Eagles player Chris "Fatty'' Devlin was concerned team mate Adam Gillespie had broken his leg when he went down at the start of the third quarter.
Losing the team's leading goal kicker at a crucial stage was tough enough without Gillespie being seriously injured.
However, a trip to hospital found "Gilly'' had burst a blood vessel in his calf.
"Everyone thought he broke his leg,'' Devlin said. "His whole leg just swelled up.''
Proud clubman Devlin is hoping Gillespie's injury doesn't keep him out for too long.
Ipswich's top five hopes suffered a setback after their 41 point loss to Griffith Moorooka at Alexander Park on Saturday.
The home team won 16.19-115 to 11.8-74.
With Gillespie off injured, Justin Cummings was top Ipswich goal kicker with four.
"We were just disappointing,'' Devlin said. "They physically dominated us in the first half.
"It's just the story of the Eagles this season. We can't play four quarters.''
However, 10-year stalwart Devlin is still upbeat.
"We've got a really good young team,'' the midfielder said.
"On paper, we're amazing. It's just when we go out there and play it's a whole different story.
"On Eagles' day we can beat any team.
"We've still got high hopes (of making finals).''
The Eagles Reserves maintained their bid for a two top spot beating Griffith Moorooka 14.8-92 to 6.2-38.
Paul Schoormans and Mat Harley continued their fine partnership up front, booting five and three goals respectively.
State of Play
SEQAFL Division 3: Griffith Moorooka 16.19-115 d Ipswich Eagles 11.8-74.
Ipswich goal kickers: 4 Justin Cummings; 1 Aaron Fortescue, Adam Gillespie, Jarred O'Connell, Michael Lyons, Sam Makins, Chris Devlin, Luke Konstanciak.
Reserves: Ipswich Eagles 14.8-92 d Griffith Moorooka 6.2-38.
Next matches: Saturday - Ipswich v Calamvale at Limestone Park.