Footy part and Parcell for Jets brothers

FAMILY TRAIT: Brothers Matt and Sam Parcell are preparing for the upcoming Ipswich Jets season.
FAMILY TRAIT: Brothers Matt and Sam Parcell are preparing for the upcoming Ipswich Jets season. Sarah Harvey

PARCELL brothers, Matt and Sam head into the 2013 season with high expectations, from themselves and others.

But don't expect either of them to start getting carried away.

The pair is as grounded as any brothers from the bush, hailing from the Fassifern Valley and continuing a proud line of footballers from the Parcell family.

The pressure comes from their own performances in 2012, rather than any family expectations.

The pair's dad Steve was an Ipswich Jets captain, while grandfather Gary played for Australia in the front row, alongside fellow Ipswich hard-men Noel Kelly and Dud Beattie.

Matt, 20 was named rookie of the year in his debut season for the Jets' Queensland Cup team last year. He played 11 games, mainly at hooker, impressing all who saw him play.

Sam, 18, was a standout performer in the colts team, winning the best back award at the end of the season.

He has been earmarked as a possible replacement for retired Jets five-eighth Brendon Lindsay in the Cup team, despite his youth.

While it remains a possibility, Sam is not letting thoughts of grandeur go to his head.

"My goal is to succeed with the under-20s," he said. "Hopefully we can make the finals.

"If the opportunity comes (with the Queensland Cup side) I'll be thankful. It's realistic but I'm not getting carried away with it."

Matt has no doubt his brother can handle the step up if he gets the chance.

He would know, given he faced the same challenges last year and knows his brother's strengths and weaknesses better than anyone.

"If he gets the opportunity he'll be sweet," Matt said.

"He just needs to play his natural game and not get too carried away."

Sam meanwhile, has had the perfect role model in Matt.

"Watching Matt last year gave me confidence for down the track," Sam said.

"I knew he had the ability and he succeeded in the end.

"I reckon he went well."

While their father and grand father have had a big bearing on their football, Matt and Sam have also benefited from being two of four brothers.

"It was always intense," Sam said of the numerous battles in the Mutdapilly front yard.

The pair played two games last year together in colts, before Matt secured his spot in the Queensland Cup 17.

"It was good," Matt said.

"We pushed each other along."

The only other time they played in the same team together was when Matt was in grade seven and Sam grade five at Ipswich Grammar School. It ended with Sam breaking his arm.

Another reunion seems inevitable and it is likely to mean Sam's big break, into the Jets Queensland Cup squad.


  • Sam Parcell Age: 18. Weight: 83kg. Height: 180cm. Junior clubs: Fassifern, Brothers.
  • Matt Parcell: Age: 20. Weight: 90kg. Height: 180cm. Junior clubs: Fassifern, Norths.

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