Skipper confident Eagles on right track after romp
HAVING been through the club's highs and lows, Ipswich Eagles captain Luke Konstanciak is an accurate measure of the team's progress.
So when he says the Eagles are on the rise, it's a positive sign for the club.
The Eagles started the second round in convincing fashion, thrashing UQ Redlions by 120 points at Limestone Park on Saturday.
Heading into a bye for the Ipswich Cup, Konstanciak said the team's confidence was growing after a tough couple of seasons.
"We didn't expect to win by that much so it was good," he said.
"It was one of our best wins. It got us back on track.
"The boys are really gelling together and we've got a fairly good mix of boys. We've got a couple of older heads and a lot of young blokes that have come through and are starting to find their feet."
That was highlighted by 10 Ipswich players booting goals as Ipswich amassed 25.14-164 to UQ's 6.8-44.
Adam Gillespie led the way with seven, just two weeks after he booted 10.
Forward Konstanciak and winger Al Poulton kicked four each.
"Al played particularly well," Konstanciak said.
The Eagles captain was also impressed with teenager Jarred O'Connell who booted three goals after coming on in the final quarter.
"We seem to be working well together," he said of the players supplying good ball to the forwards.
The important home win kept Eagles in the top five.
The latest victory was set up in the first half with Ipswich leading 83-11 at the main break.
Before a shock weekend loss to Pine Rivers, Coomera were runaway competition leaders.
While Konstanciak rates Coomera in a class of their own, he said the battle for the other final spots was hotting up.
"I think it's a really open competition," he said.
"Apart from Coomera which are the standout, it's a logjam.
"We're sitting pretty high with our percentage so if we keep that up, it will stand us in good stead towards the end. It could be quite close."
Konstanciak said the Eagles were preparing for a huge game against Moorooka after the Ipswich Cup bye weekend.
"They got us at home by a little bit and they have improved a lot since last season," he said.
"We've got to go down there and try to knock them off. We can't afford to lose to those teams that we're trying to get ahead of in the finals.
"The next few weeks are going to be really important."
However, the winning run of the Eagles Reserves ended in their loss on Saturday.
UQ Redlions booted 13.8-86 to Ipswich's 12.6-78.
Ipswich slipped to third behind Pine Rivers and Coomera.
State of Play
SEQAFL Division 3: Ipswich Eagles 25.14-164 d UQ Redlions 6.8-44 at Limestone Park.
Leading goalkickers: 7 Adam Gillespie; 4 Allan Poulton, Luke Konstanciak; 3 Jarred O'Connell; 2 Chris Madsen; 1 Aaron Fortescue, Matt Uebergang, Tyson Watts, Matt Gordon, Mark Kennedy.
Reserves: UQ Redlions 13.8-86 d Ipswich Eagles 12.6-78.
Leading goalkickers: 4 Paul Schoormans, Mat Harley.
Next match: June 22 - Ipswich v Griffith Moorooka at Alexander Park.