SENIOR Ipswich Eagles player Matt "Gordo" Gordon missed his team's previous match against Robina waiting for the arrival of his second child.
He didn't want to venture too far from hospital with his wife Claire due.
However, with the new bub yet to arrive by Saturday, the Eagles half back strapped on the boots and played in the AFLQ Division 2 clash.
The excited dad-to-be was glad he did, helping Ipswich to a vital 11.12-78 to 7.10-52 victory over Redcliffe at Limestone Park.
It was Ipswich's fourth win from eight games.
"It was an important one for us because they are pretty much level with us on the ladder and we'll probably be fighting for a top five spot with them," Gordon said.
"We wasted some opportunities there in the first half.
"They came back at us but we sort of lifted a gear. They (Redcliffe) are always a good opponent."
Ipswich's goal-scoring was shared with Paul Schoormans, Michael Lugg, Clint Bateman and Brett Nairn kicking two each.
Gordon has been with the Eagles for six years.
He was happy to see Aaron Fortescue – a team-mate he started with – enjoy victory in his 101st game after missing out against Robina a week earlier.
"We've got one or two to come back but we're starting to get a pretty good 22 on the field now," Gordon said. "Hopefully we can build some momentum over the next few weeks."
Gordon said Ipswich had shown it could match the best sides, despite some recent losses.
"It's just a matter of converting. We're always winning a majority of possession," he said.
"Our problems, which we've got to work on, have been skill areas and moving the ball forward.
"We've been on the end of a couple of blowouts but in every game, we've been competitive when it comes to contested ball."
The Ipswich Eagles Reserves also completed a handy victory, beating Redcliffe 12.22-94 to 4.7-31.
James Malone kicked four goals.
Meanwhile, Collingwood Park secured its first win of the Division 3 Central season by beating Yeronga South Brisbane 13.12-90 to 8.9-57 at O'Callaghan Park.
Matthew Bond booted three goals for Collingwood Park in their round 7 clash.