Goodna free to play with flair
WHO would have thought Goodna would be leading the competition, undefeated after four rounds?
Not Eagles captain Corey Kirk.
But it seems the lack of expectations among the relatively new Eagles squad this year is responsible for the early season progress.
However Kirk is not kidding himself into believing it means much at this stage, ahead of his team's clash with Brothers at Brother Seery Park tomorrow.
"The thing we're trying to get through to the boys each week is the only pressure is what we put on ourselves," Kirk said. "We're playing with a bit of freedom.
"I'm not to sure what's changed.
"There's some new faces in the club and a new coach, which have given us a bit of a lift."
Kirk will captain the side for the next month in the absence of skipper Sione Piutau, who was suspended for a late, high shot against Swifts.
He has spent eight years with Goodna, in two separate stints, and believes this year's competition is as even as he has ever seen it.
"There's not one game where you think, 'We should get the two points today'," he said.
"You know each game is going to be a tough, physical match."
Kirk believes the cleanout at the club under coach Charles Tonga means the fittest, best prepared players at the start of the season got the nod in the top grade.
It is why Kirk considers the Eagles' fitness better this year.
"Other clubs had a two or three month pre-season," Kirk said.
"But right up until the week before we started we had not great numbers at training.
"We're a fairly young side."
Kirk believes all the teams Goodna have played so far have expected to have a fitness edge late in games, only to be caught short.
"Brothers have a fit, mobile team," he said.
"I imagine they plan to plat a fast paced, up tempo style. But Norths, Swifts and Fassifern all played similar, expecting us to tire, but we beat them."
Among the new faces at Woogaroo Field this season to impress Kirk most are prop Zac Lemberg and back-rower Chris Turner. Both have come from Souths Logan.
Lemberg is an Ipswich product who left the Ipswich Jets Colts for Redcliffe several years ago.
"He's a really good leader for our forwards," Kirk said.
"He is the first one to take a hit up and is first off the line in defence.
"Hopefully it rubs off on the rest of the boys."
Turner operates on Kirk's side of the field and the skipper is excited about the potential in their combination.
- Valleys v Norths at Laidley Recreation Reserve Reserve grade: 5.45pm; U19s 4.15pm).
- Division 2 at BlueGum Reserve: Leprechauns v Tigers 3.30pm; Cubs v Bluebirds 4.45pm; Bulldogs v Bears 6pm; Tornadoes v Eagles 7.15pm).
- Brothers v Goodna at Brother Seery Park (A grade 3pm, Reserve grade 1.30pm, U19s noon).
- Swifts v Fassifern at Llewellyn Motors Field.(A grade 3pm, Reserve grade 1.30pm, U19s noon).
- West End v Norths at Daniels Park (A grade 3pm).
- West End v Eastern Cobras at Daniels Park (Reserve grade 1.30pm; Under 19s noon).