Off-target Eagles work hard for encouraging 100-point win
IPSWICH Eagles captain Luke Konstanciak joked that when he kicked straight, the opposition would really be in trouble.
However, after leading his side to a first-up 101-point victory, the Aussie rules stalwart could afford a few stray shots at goal.
The Eagles made a near-perfect start to their SEAFL Division 3 season, beating UQ Redlions 20.14-134 to 4.7-31 on Saturday.
Full forward Konstanciak kicked four goals, offering terrific support to athletic centre half forward Matt Uebergang with seven.
"We had a heap of shots too," Konstanciak said.
"I was having a shocker. And Mattie kicked seven (goals), four (behinds).
"If he and I had kicked straight, it would have been really embarrassing for them."
However, the skipper was thrilled with his team's overall performance at St Lucia.
"We had better skills and better fitness," he said.
"It was a really good team effort. Everybody did their job."
The Eagles victory was built on their second quarter where they secured a 64-20 halftime lead.
"We started off a bit slow and they had a bit to offer but we just kept at them and ran over them," the captain said.
"The floodgates opened and we kept the foot on the throat which was good too."
Konstanciak praised his team's defensive line, anchored by young players Tyson Watts, Tim Pole and fullback Jarred O'Connell.
"I think defence was the highlight," he said.
"When you win by 100, you are scoring a few goals but it was good to actually keep them out."
The only disappointment for Konstanciak is that the Eagles have a bye this weekend so soon after kicking off the season.
The team's next match-up against Griffith Moorooka shapes as a quality encounter at Limestone Park.
Like the Eagles, Griffith Moorooka started in fine form, thrashing Calamvale 17.16-148 to 5.7-37.
"The week off is a bit frustrating," Konstanciak said.
"We wanted to take that form into next week
"Griffith Moorooka the last couple of years have been the easybeats but yesterday they had a big win so we'll have to really knuckle down."
State of Play
SEAFL Division 3: Ipswich Eagles 20.14-134 d UQ Redlions 4.7-31 at St Lucia.
Ipswich goalkickers: 7 Matt Uebergang; 4 Luke Konstanciak; 2 Al Poulton; 1 Corey Kempthorne, Sean Thompson, Michael Podolak, Michael Lyons, Rory Bullard, Kym Mansell.
Reserve grade: Redlions 14.16-100 d Ipswich Eagles 2.3-15.
Next matches: April 20 (bye this weekend) - Ipswich v Griffith Moorooka at Limestone Park.