Goodna learn from Bombers lesson
DEFEAT has inspired the Goodna Eagles to take control of their own destiny in the Ipswich A Grade competition.
Humiliated at the hands of Fassifern last weekend, the reigning premiers responded with a win of their own against the Swifts Bluebirds.
Leading by example, Eagles playmaker Corey Kirk said today's 52-10 win was a step in right direction.
"I put it all down to the lesson we got taught last week out at Harrisville,” Kirk said.
"We had a couple of weeks off prior to that game and we had won four in a row up until then. Our attitude probably dropped off a bit at training and we just started to get a bit complacent.”
Goodna coach Laurie Campbell made it clear he wasn't impressed by the 56-14 thumping handed out by the Bombers.
Taking responsibility for the loss, Kirk and the rest of the Eagles senior leadership group vowed to return focused and ready for Swifts.
"We knew if we came out here today and got done again we would be in trouble,” Kirk said.
"The leadership got together during the week and decided we needed to own that and find a way to lift the boys.
"Last week we couldn't go with the Bombers. Their team is full of energy and we were just going through the motions.
"We had a lot more energy and purpose with what we were doing today. Still not a great performance, but it was a good way to bounce back from last week.”
New recruit Ray Baira showed what he can bring to the Eagles this season.
The former Fassifern player came up against his former teammate Harold Mosby who joined the Bluebirds earlier this year.
Both starred for their respective sides, Baira bagging two tries and kicking five conversions in just his second appearance for Goodna.
On the other side, Mosby was the sole point-scorer for the Bluebirds, a chip-and-chase in the second half adding his second try of the day and only conversion.
Despite the strong performance from Baira, it was new halfback Ben Thorburn who impressed Kirk the most.
Combining in the halves, Thornburn scored a try on debut for the Eagles, and took control with the ball in hand.
"Ben came in and played his first game with us,” Kirk said. "He played really well and made a big difference.
"It's good for me because it takes pressure off and allows me to worry about my side (of the field). He's a great addition to the side.”
"Ray is just a weapon and he's fit in with the boys really well. He brings a lot of energy to the side.”
The form team of 2016, the Eagles have had their fair share of losses this season.
With five wins and three defeats, Goodna and Norths are tied at the top of the A Grade ladder with the Tigers ahead on point differential.
However Swifts and Fassifern are only one win each behind with a catch-up game between the Bombers and the Eastern Cobras yet to be played.
"It's wide open,” he said. "It certainly makes your work a lot harder and you have turn up every week.
"It's great for Ipswich Rugby League. We got a good lesson against Fassifern last week and they are the team we've got to find a way to beat.
"They've got cookies twice over us this year but we're still confident. We've got our players on board now and we've just got to build week by week.”
Across at Brother Seery Oval, the Eastern Cobras blew a 12-point lead as Brothers hit back late in the game.
Beaten by Swifts last weekend, Brothers came back from 18-6 down to run away with a 50-22 win at home this afternoon.
In the opening game of the round Norths edged out West End with a 22-18 victory at Daniels Park.
Rugby League Ipswich A Grade competition:
Norths Tigers 22 def West End Bulldogs 18 at Daniels Park.
Goodna Eagles 52 (Ray Baira 2, Anthony Noa 2, Corey Kirk 2, Ben Thorburn, Zac Lemberg, Ramon Filipine, Taeao Kupu tries; Corey Kirk, Ray Baira 5 goals) def Swifts Bluebirds 10 (Harold Mosby 2 tries; Harold Mosby goal) at Purga.
Brothers Ipswich 50 def Eastern Cobras 22 at Brother Seery Oval.