Eagles reshuffle after goalkicking ace left sidelined
THE Ipswich Eagles have lost their main strike weapon for today's must-win clash against Calamvale at Limestone Park.
However, coach Mick Rush is hopeful Adam Gillespie will only miss one week after damaging a blood vessel in his calf during last weekend's 41-point loss to Griffith Moorooka.
With Gillespie out, Rush plans to show faith in his senior squad by reshuffling his forward line rather than calling in Reserve grade replacements.
"We've got a pretty good forward set-up,'' Rush said.
"Luke (captain Luke Konstanciak) will probably go to full forward.
"We don't want to upset the Reserves forward line too much.''
That is important with the Eagles Reserves on target for a top-two finish this season.
However, the experienced Eagles head coach also has to assess how to replace ruckman Josh Morris (back injury) and utility Matt Uebergang.
Exciting talent Uebergang is on a one-week trial with Broadbeach in the State League.
While covering those key roles, Rush expected his sixth-placed team to come ready to play against their ninth-placed opponents.
"We should win it,'' he said.
However, he was again watching the skies over Ipswich.
"If it's wet, it can bring us down to their level,'' he said. "It can be a dangerous game for us.
"We need to win to keep our hopes of playing finals alive.''
The Eagles also learnt from last weekend's loss, being outmuscled by Griffith Moorooka.
"We were caught off guard a bit,'' Rush said.
"To their credit, they were switched on ready to play.''
SEQAFL Division 3: Today - Ipswich Eagles v Calamvale at Mark Marsh Oval, Limestone Park. Main game at 2pm. Reserves game at noon.