Feeling of pride after Jets loss

Jets player Mikaere Beattie.
Jets player Mikaere Beattie. Inga Williams

NO matter the result of a grand final, they leave a mark.

Win and you smile whenever you think of that day or a player involved.

Lose and they make you reflect forever.

Although I have experienced way too many Jets' grand final losses, last Saturday I drove away from Bishop Park after the Jets' BRL extra-time 31-30 loss with a different feeling.

Not the "what if'' feeling, not the "if only'' feeling. Just a feeling of pride and admiration for the club I get to call mine.

The Jets were in trouble, down 22-6 after 31 minutes and it looked bleak.

The Mikaere Beattie try restored some Jets momentum just before half time.

It took until the 74th minute for the Jets to equal the Dolphins at 30-30.

In extra time, both teams had several cracks at ending the deadlock with drop goals falling short and being charged down.

But it wasn't to be until with seconds to go in extra time John Brady kicked the winning point.

The Jets were incredibly gutsy and the comeback showed tremendous courage up to the end.

It's another chapter in this great club's history.

Bisho's lessons

THE voice that drove the Jets with his relaxed tone and encouraging manner was coach Mark Bishop.

Bisho has taught me plenty about football. Don't kick if you're chasing points with seconds to go. Keep it alive.

If I am watching a game locked up with seconds to go I message Bisho and say don't kick it.

Bisho has now coached the Jets' Reserve grade side to three grand finals for one win.

He isn't your typical coach. He is so calm and just lets the boys play football.

I ran the messages and water for Bisho and you'd ask him anything you want me to say. His response was "no it's ok, just tell them it's ok''.

So I'd run 50 metres to say it's ok and have players look at me strangely.

I loved doing it because it helped Bisho.

I don't know a player in my time at the Jets that doesn't love Bisho.

Inspirational Ash

CAPTAIN Chris Ash was great on Saturday.

He was injured but like all great red heads he showed plenty of courage. It's been a great year for Ashy playing 12 Intrust Super Cup games and 14 BRL games he's had a long season.

Ashy competes and fights for everything he gets.

Ashy has come of age as a player in 2016 and it's been great to watch.

Super grand final

THE Intrust Super Cup Grand Final is on Sunday between Redcliffe and Burleigh at Lang Park.

The Bears beat the Dolphins two weeks ago but just like in 2006 when Toowoomba beat the Dolphins and then the Dolphins came back to win the grand final against Toowoomba I am predicting the Dolphins. They're the best defensive side and the Bears won't score enough points to win.

I predict the Bears will start slowly but come back for the Dolphins to finish over the top of them.

Zach Strasser is my selection to win the Duncan Hall Medal as man or the match.

Awards night

THE Jets' awards night is on October 7. I'll make some bold predictions.

Best back: Nemani Valekapa.

Best forward: Nat Neale.

Rookie of the year: Michael Purcell.

Allan Langer Medal: Nemani Valekapa.

Thanks supporters

THIS is my last Buzz for 2016.

It's been great fun and I have enjoyed bringing you Jets' news. I'd like to thank some people.

My wife Bec who said a few weeks in: Tell stories, stats are boring. Solid advice.

David Lems and the QT for giving me a crack.

Wayne Wendt, Jason Cubit, Ben Walker, Shane Walker, Steven Johnson, Wade Glass, Stewart Towler, Mark Bishop and Adam Boettcher who were always helpful.

All the Jets' players and staff that took my calls and emails asking questions or wanting to talk footy.

All the ex-Jets who were part of the Remember that Jet segment.

All the opposition coaches and staff that let me have a chat for the Buzz.

Dot, my newsagency lady, who said every Friday when I pick up the paper that no one has commented on how good it is yet.

Marto and JT - two of the best teachers' aides, great mums and terrific football watching company. Marto is Sam Martin's mum and loves watching Sam play for the Jets.

To Brad Tallon, the man who comes through every time if I don't have a record or stat. He's the Michelangelo of QRL records.

A cold beer with . . .

JETS player welfare officer Josh Chandler looks after the players' well-being off the field and is a voice to talk to for the guys. We caught up this week and he looked after my welfare with a beer.

Year joined Jets? 2015.

What's your role involve? Being available to help out the boys and the staff if they have any issues off the paddock. Most of the time it is as simple as being able to try and help find them work or as major as dealing with personal things away from footy. That includes relationships, stress and depression. I definitely don't claim to have all the answers but it gives the boys a face, to know that their club cares about them away from footy and I can help by just pointing them in the right direction if they need more help than we can offer or just a simple ear to listen goes a long way.

What are some of the challenges of your role? The biggest challenge for me and the wider NRL community is trying to break the stigma that blokes are tough and don't need to talk about feelings and that they are portrayed as weak if they do. I found getting out during pre-season and training with the lads really help to break down that initial barrier and then over time as I got to spend more time with the whole club I was able to form some really good relationships and have been able to help some guys through some really tough situations.

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