Lions' standout not content without the win
AFL: Eric Hipwood is not one to be content with simply having a good individual season.
The young forward's debut season has been one of the real bright notes of an otherwise disappointing one for the Brisbane Lions.
The Caloundra product, who turns 19 next week, has enjoyed some standout performances, such as the three and four-goal hauls in his second and third games. But he laments the fact they came in losing causes.
"It was hard to look at individual performances when we weren't going so well,” he told Australian Regional Media ahead of tomorrow's clash with Geelong at the Gabba.
"I am a pretty competitive sort of person, I hate losing,” he added.
"All of us boys are pretty competitive. We all want to try and get into the top eight as soon as we can, and perform against the Geelongs, Hawthorns and Sydneys.”
While the pressure is on the club after three wins this season, Hipwood is confident a return to finals will happen sooner rather than later.
"We do see a lot of talent within each other,” he said.
"We don't look at the media too much, (but) we know outside the four walls of the club people think differently to what we're thinking.
"There is a good vibe around the club.”
Hipwood has certainly announced himself as one of the keys to any future success.
But like his team, at 202cm and only 82kg, there is still plenty of work to do in terms of build and game.
Hipwood, though, uses three-time premiership Hawk Jack Gunston, who has an uncanny ability to out-position often bigger opponents, as a role model.
"He's still a little bit skinny, and he still hits them at the right time,” he said. "If you can hit them at the right time, you can out-body anyone.
"You've got to go out there with the mindset that you can beat anyone. Fight as hard as you can.”
After starting his season in the reserves, "learning my craft”, Hipwood has gone on to play the last eight games, kicking 11 goals.
"I honestly haven't had too much time to reflect,” he said when prompted to describe those "individual performances”.
"But, looking back now, I am very proud to have started my career as well as I have ... perform at the level that has allowed me to take some marks and kick a few goals.”
While he enjoyed his first home win over Carlton last week, kicking three goals on the MCG against Richmond wasn't bad either.
"That's something I won't ever forget,” he said.