Eagles nest becoming visitors' nightmare
That was the buzzword Kym Mansell used to describe his Eagles following their 26.9-165 to 3.4-22 win over QFA Division 3 finals aspirants Redcliffe Tigers on Saturday.
Against a Redcliffe outfit keen to prove their finals credentials away from home, Mansell's side put the game to bed in the opening quarter, taking a 40-0 lead into the second term. A 10-goal second quarter ballooned the margin to 96 points at halftime, and from there the Eagles were in cruise control.
Full forward Zach Jahn moved to 90 goals on the season with his seven-goal haul, while Michael Lyons (four), Cameron Viney (four), Matt Sheridan (three), Zach Lawrence (three) and Chris Devlin (two) all cashed in multiple times.
"It was a really good game. Like last week, we were pretty even across the board again,” Mansell said.
"At times we were very clinical. It was great to watch.”
The Eagles' average winning margin at Limestone Park this season is an almost unfathomable 98 points. Over the past three matches, it is 139 points.
"No one wants to play at our ground,” Mansell said.
"It's too big, they hate it. We love it. That's exactly why we need to finish on top. Top spot means a home final.”
Key to the Eagles' minor premiership chances will come in two weeks time, when they travel to face second-placed Kedron.
While a bragging rights win on the eve of finals would be nice, Mansell was not phased.
"We've got nothing to prove to ourselves. We know what we're capable of, and everyone else knows as well,” he said.
"When you look at the stats, everything points to us being the most dominant team in the competition. It's just a matter of doing it when it counts.”
The Eagles have a well-earned bye this weekend, giving a handful of players added opportunity to impress at training and push for a place in the 22 against Kedron.
QFA Division 3: Ipswich Eagles 26.9-165 (Z. Jahn 7, M. Lyons 4, C. Viney 4, M. Sheridan 3, Z. Lawrence 3, C. Devlin 2, J. Cummings, A. Irwin, T. McCrossen) def. Redcliffe Tigers 3.4-22 at Limestone Park.