Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Goodna Prevail after Siren; Alby, Corey Send Eagles to Decider

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Goodna Prevail after Siren; Alby, Corey Send Eagles to Decider

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Ipswich A grade major semi-final: Goodna Eagles 30 (Anthony Noa, Max Seumanutafu, Sione Piutau, Ben Thorburn, Corey Kirk tries; Kirk 5 goals) def Fassifern Bombers 28 (Scott Ireland, Leveni Kurimalawai, Marika Kuriyalavou, Dale Ward, Landon Hayes tries; Aaron Adcock 4 goals)

JOEL

GOULD

joel.gould@qt.com.au

THE MAESTRO has done it again.

When the Goodna Eagles were looking for a clutch play with seconds remaining veteran Alby Talipeau stepped up to put a crafty kick in for Ben Thorburn to score and level at 28-all against the Fassifern Bombers.

With an Ipswich A Grade grand final spot on the line, five-eighth Corey Kirk slotted a sideline conversion after the bell to give Goodna a famous 30-28 victory and secure their position in the decider on September 9.

With just over two minutes to play the Bombers seemed home when lock Landon Hayes made a long-range bust and scored under the posts. Aaron Adcock converted and the minor premiers led 28-24.

But the Eagles are never beaten and coach Laurie Campbell explained what happened next.

"We then did a short kick-off and our makeshift centre Ben Thorburn batted it back and we got a feed into the scrum," he said.

"In four tackles the boys hit it up inside the opposition 10 metre line.

"Then Alby Talipeau has looked up from the right hand side of the posts and cross-field kicked to the left hand side where Ben Thorburn leapt through the air to catch the ball on the full and make it 28-all.

"Alby, with his experience, just saw something and went for it.

"The hooter had gone when the ball was in the air.

" Corey Kirk has then stepped up and kicked it from the sideline after the hooter had gone.

"Corey never missed a kick all night and I was confident he'd kick it."

Talipeau is famous for his match winning try at the end of the 2008 Queensland Cup grand final when he got Souths-Logan over the line against Ipswich. …

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