Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Mates in Classic Duel; Goodna Welcomes Battlewith Main Rivals Brothers

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Mates in Classic Duel; Goodna Welcomes Battlewith Main Rivals Brothers

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

Game day

RLI Rd 5: Saturday (5pm) -- West End v Swifts at Daniel's Park.

Sunday (3pm): Brothers v Goodna at Wildey Street, Raceview; Norths v Fassifern at Keith Sternberg Oval.

HAVING averaged 40 points a game, the Goodna Eagles welcome the opportunity to test themselves at what could be a packed house at Brothers Leagues Club tomorrow.

The showdown between the high-flying Eagles and consistent Brothers combination looms as the best clash of the Rugby League Ipswich A-Grade competition so far.

Both teams are undefeated and building plenty of attacking firepower.

"Brothers are the other standout team so it will give us a really good gauge of exactly where we are at after this one,'' Goodna coach Corey Kirk said, knowing the Wildey Street venue attracts a vocal crowd.

"It's a great place to play footy.

"It's a game that we look for as soon as the draws are released and put a big black circle around it.''

While encouraged with his team's early progress, Kirk said the Eagles were yet to reach anywhere near their peak.

"Although we are averaging 40 odd points a game, I don't feel like we've really got the fluency yet,'' Kirk said.

"We're still a work in progress in attack. I honestly feel that we've got a lot of improvement to go with our attack and to be able to score 40 points is a pretty good place to be.

"The defence has probably been the most pleasing thing. We've conceded less than 50 points in four games.''

Kirk comes up against good mate and footy rival Jason Connors in tomorrow's 3pm match at Raceview.

"It's an exciting time for the boys this weekend -- a top of the table clash,'' the Brothers coach said.

"The boys understand that Goodna is the benchmark and we'll see how far we are away from them.

"It will be a good test to see where we are at.

"We're going in with a positive attitude of course, just concentrating on ourselves.''

As for Goodna's potent attack, Connors said his team's focus this week remained the same. …

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