Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

eAGLES Soar to Minor Title Win; Dominant Win over Fassifern Secures Goodna Minor Premiership

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

eAGLES Soar to Minor Title Win; Dominant Win over Fassifern Secures Goodna Minor Premiership

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BEN

WILMOTT

ben.wilmott@qt.com.au

GOODNA have two hands firmly on the Ipswich Rugby League A Grade minor premiership after a resounding win over the Fassifern Bombers.

The battle between the two IRL competition leaders produced plenty of highlights in the first half as both sides traded try for try.

Down 24-18 going into the second stanza, the Bombers looked like they were in with a chance to upset the competition leaders as incomplete sets continued to frustrate the Eagles.

However a refocused Goodna came back from the break determined to take control of the match, running in four tries to secure a 44-24 victory.

Goodna five-eighth Corey Kirk returned from a hamstring injury and wasted no time injecting himself into the Eagles attack.

Frustrated by the time spent on the sidelines, the experienced half said it was great to be back in front of the Goodna faithful.

"If I was smart I probably would have sat out today," Kirk laughed.

"But it's too hard being on the sidelines when the boys are out there. I thought I'd come back a week early and test it out."

Taking over the kicking duties from fullback Mitchell McNamee, the number six kicked six from eight attempts to stretch the Eagles lead.

Looking for some redemption after his last stint with the boot, Kirk recruited ex-Goodna coach Craig Wehrman for some pointers.

"Last home game I got about two from eight and when you miss it in front of these guys they don't let you forget it," he said.

"Craig came down and we did some kicking practice so I'm hitting them a bit sweeter now."

Up against one of the competitions most dangerous attacking teams, Kirk said he knew from previous history that Goodna needed to change tactics in the second half.

"We've always had a bad habit of going tic-for-tat with Fassifern," Kirk said. …

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