Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Hipwood Starts to Make a Mark King of the Jungle's High Praise for Cub; Brisbane Lions Captain Says Coast Teen Has a Big Future

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Hipwood Starts to Make a Mark King of the Jungle's High Praise for Cub; Brisbane Lions Captain Says Coast Teen Has a Big Future

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Byline: Steele Taylor steele.taylor@scnews.com.au

AFL: Brisbane Lions captain Tom Rockliff has given Sunshine Coast teenager Eric Hipwood a glowing endorsement after just two games on the big stage.

The 18-year-old forward/defender made a solid debut in a defeat to West Coast at the Gabba a fortnight ago and followed that with a three-goal haul in a loss to Richmond at the hallowed MCG.

He's clearly caught the eye of star Rockliff, who was on the Sunshine Coast for an AFL camp with keen kids this week.

"He's come in and had an impact straight away," he said.

"He's quite a raw kid and still skinny but you can see the way he's played in his first couple of games that he's a competitor.

"He wants to get out there and perform for the team which is really good."

Indeed, the ex-Caloundra Panther, who is 200cm and 82kg, has been hardly over-awed by the occasions and it seems he has a big future in the game.

"Eric is versatile and can play forward and back and once he puts on a little bit of size he'll be hard to play against," Rockliff said. …

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