'It's a good time to be an Eagle': Jahn tops 100-goal mark
"NOT quite Buddy Franklin-esk, but it was the best we could do."
That was how Ipswich Eagles veteran Chris Devlin described the comparably-muted celebrations for full forward Zach Jahn after he booted his 100th goal of the season against Griffith Moorooka on Saturday.
When then-Hawthorn superstar Lance Franklin kicked 100 goals in an AFL season back in 2008, the MCG was swarmed with almost 80,000 fans and play stopped for more than half an hour.
At Limestone Park on Saturday - the Eagles' version of the MCG if you will - Jahn got a small taste of what it was like.
The first-year Eagle was surrounded by teammates and spectators after bringing up the significant milestone.
It marked the second time Jahn had reached a century of goals in a season - his last as an under-18 player - and the first time in Eagles history someone had achieved the feat.
A running joke at the Eagles is Jahn's apparent ability to kick a goal with even the ugliest of kicks.
Devlin suggested he kept his best drop punt in the locker for his milestone goal.
"His 100th was probably the only one he's kicked like an actual AFL kick," Devlin joked.
The veteran midfielder was one of the chief architects in making sure the milestone was suitably celebrated.
"We hoped it would happen. I said to some Reserve Grade boys, 'I want all the boys to run on'," Devlin said.
"They jumped on board which was good.
"And (Jahn) could have beaten his own (single-game) record by kicking 14, but he shanked it."
With club stalwart Ryan 'Macca' McAllister celebrating his 300th game for the club in a Reserve Grade win earlier, and A-Grade teammate Laikin Hutchison playing in match 50 for the club, Devlin admitted "the footy did take a back step" on Saturday.
"It was all about Jahny, Macca and Laikin," Devlin said.
For what it is worth, the Eagles kept Moorooka scoreless to halftime and turned an 11-goal advantage at the main break into a comprehensive 129-point win to secure top spot on the QFA Division 3 ladder with one round to play.
With the Eagles also celebrating the opening of new club rooms on Saturday, the win was icing on the cake to a perfect weekend.
"The atmosphere was awesome yesterday," Devlin said. "With the way we're playing, the numbers we've got, and now new rooms . . . it's really good. It's a good time to be an Eagle."
QFA Division 3 Round 16: Ipswich Eagles 25.16-166 (Z. Jahn 13, C. Viney 3, H. Carthew-Zimmer 2, J. Boston 2, B. Lovell, J. Kennedy, C. Devlin, L. Hutchison goals) def. Griffith Moorooka 6.1-37 at Limestone Park