'We won't give them a sniff'
IN CHRIS Devlin's time at the Ipswich Eagles, he has never won an away game against Carrara.
He and his high-flying QFA Division 3 side had a perfect opportunity to end that losing run back in round nine, entering the match on a seven-game winning streak and atop the competition ladder.
Instead the Eagles returned to Ipswich with wings clipped; handed a sobering reminder to never underestimate your opposition.
That 28-point defeat, which Devlin labelled "the worst game of football ever" is still fresh in the veteran's mind as the Eagles prepare for a second bite at the cherry tomorrow.
With the Eagles secure in top spot - they would have to lose by 244 points to surrender the minor premiership - Devlin said motivation would be drawn from the June 6 defeat and a desire to dent the confidence of a potential grand final opponent.
"We've got top spot no matter what, but we're really excited for this game," Devlin said.
"We haven't won there before. Win or lose it means nothing because we'll finish on top, but we want to stick it to them.
"(In June) we played the worst game of football ever. As a team we were woeful."
The Eagles are undefeated since their slip up against Carrara.
They have been tested at times, but Kym Mansell's side have shown a growing maturity in their game to compliment their skill.
Devlin believes a confident - but not cocky - Eagles will make amends against Carrara tomorrow in what he believes could be "a grand final preview".
"The boys aren't scared, or worried, or nervous," Devlin said. "We want to play them We've got a lot to prove when we go back down there. We don't want to give them a sniff."
In an interesting subplot to the top-two clash, the competition's leading goalkickers will go head-to-head tomorrow.
The Eagles' Zach Jahn (109 goals) and the Saints' Ashley Templar (79 goals) could decide the victor off their own boot.
The result of tomorrow's clash will have actual finals ramifications for Carrara.
Their loss coupled with a Wynnum win would see the Saints slip to third at the conclusion of the final round of regular season fixtures.
You sense the Eagles would take great satisfaction in making that a reality.
QFA Divison 3 Round 17: Tomorrow (2pm) - Ipswich Eagles v Carrara Saints at Carrara