An Ipswich Eagles player works hard to keep the ball moving in a game against competition leaders Victoria Point at Mark Marsh Oval earlier this season. The Eagles lost by 55 points in the latest clash.
An Ipswich Eagles player works hard to keep the ball moving in a game against competition leaders Victoria Point at Mark Marsh Oval earlier this season. The Eagles lost by 55 points in the latest clash. Rob Williams

Timely football lesson for Ipswich side

WITH two matches to go preparing to play finals' footy, the Ipswich Eagles benefited from a 55 point loss.

Losing to unbeaten competition leaders Victoria Point gave the Eagles footballers plenty to think about.

"They are a gun side,'' Eagles coach Kym Mansell said of Victoria Point.

"They are just a well-drilled fit team. They all came together. They are well coached.''

Despite losing 20.13-133 to 12.6-78, the Eagles remained in third place, four points behind Carrara who beat the Hinterland Blues 115-48.

However, Carrara still have to play Victoria Point in their final game, keeping Eagles' top two hopes alive.

Ipswich's senior side also has plenty of motivation to return to their winning ways against Griffith Moorooka on Saturday. It is the club's sponsors day with a big program of junior and senior games planned at Limestone Park from Saturday morning into the evening.

The Eagles tackle Pine Rivers away in their final round match before the QFA Division 3 finals.

Against benchmark side Victoria Point at Tidbold Park, Ipswich was well in the contest at the end of the first quarter, only trailing by nine points.

The home side kicked ahead in the second and third quarters.

"They (Victoria Point) were tough,'' Mansell said.

"The thing that our boys will learn is the intensity that is required.

"When they come for you and that pressure is there, you've got to be able to maintain your structures and not panic.

"It was just a learning curve.''

Among Ipswich's best on Saturday were Jordan Godrey, Justin Cummings and Duran Dick.

Exciting youngster Dick and the heavily marked Keith Brick were top goal kickers with three each.

Utility player Jackson Baeumler reached his 50 game milestone for the Eagles.

State of play

QFA Division 3: Victoria Point 20.13-133 def Ipswich Eagles 12.6-78.

Points: Victoria Point 56, Carrara 40, Ipswich 36, Redcliffe 36, Wynnum 24, Pine Rivers 24, Griffith Moorooka 4, Hinterland Blues 4.

Reserves: Victoria Point 11.15-81 def Ipswich Eagles 2.5-17.

Next matches: Saturday v Griffith Moorooka at Limestone Park.



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