'The great games will come' - Fagan on Hipwood
BRISBANE young gun Eric Hipwood thinks he is travelling 'OK' in his second season of senior football.
But Lions coach Chris Fagan says it is a matter of time before the towering key forward KOs an opposition side with a big bag of goals.
Hipwood, 19, looked dangerous all night against Essendon and finished with two goals and five marks in the 27-point loss to the Bombers.
A brilliant snap from the 202cm-tall Caloundra junior was part of the roaring comeback in the third term and another major at the start of the fourth term put Brisbane in front.
His output could have been anything if he kicked straighter and held on to more marks after constantly presenting at contests and courageously crashing packs.
He had five marks and two goals in the Round 1 win over Gold Coast in another eye-catching effort to follow on from the 11 goals he kicked in 10 games in his debut season in 2016.
Fagan has "no doubt'' a breakout performance from the 2015 No.14 draft pick is not far away.
"The great games will come,'' Fagan said.
"He just needs to keep working away at his craft and he and the team will be rewarded.
"I'm more interested in Eric continuing to do the team things, competing hard and all those sorts of things.''
Hipwood said he has given no thought to individual glory and is focused on doing the right thing by the side first.
"I'm just worrying about the overall team performance and playing my role by creating contests,'' he said.
"I've been going OK. I could have marked a few more. The boys in the midfield are doing a great job getting the ball to me and the other forwards are working in well together too.
"We were disappointed with our second quarter against the Bombers. We pride ourselves on playing four quarters. We didn't do it against the Suns either.
"We are a young group but there are no excuses. We have to do better.''
He said intense competition for key forward spots in the senior side was creating higher standards.
Josh Schache kicked four goals in his comeback from a knee injury in the NEAFL on Saturday, while Jono Freeman added three goals for the reserves in the win over Sydney.
"We've got Dan McStay up there too so it's very competitive, especially when everyone is fit and flying,'' he said.
"It creates a good culture because everyone wants to get better.''