News

Jets' skipper available for must-win clash

THE Ipswich Jets have received a huge boost to their semi-finals prospects with captain Keiron Lander cleared of a contrary conduct charge.

Lander faced the Queensland Rugby League judiciary last night to fight the charge, which stemmed from an incident in last weekend's loss to the Northern Pride in Cairns.

It means Lander is available to play in tomorrow's must-win match against Redcliffe at the North Ipswich Reserve.

Lose and the Jets' season is over.

Win and the Jets play in the elimination semi the following weekend.

Lander was charged for reacting after receiving a punch from Pride fullback Hezron Murgha.

Murgha received 10 minutes in the sin bin, as did Lander, who also required 12 stitches while in the bin.

After getting hit, Lander got up and started swinging, though he didn't appear to land a punch, so much as grapple with his opposition.

It is probably why he faced a contrary contact charge instead of a striking charge.

Had Lander fought the charge and lost, he would have received the same suspension - one week - as if he had taken an early guilty plea. So it was a no-brainer to take it to the judiciary.

Lander was defended by Jets chairman Steven Johnson who was happy with the process and delighted with the outcome.

"The charge goes back to conduct contrary to the spirit of the game," Johnson said.

"Bearing in mind it is a vigorous collision sport.

"Players will clash and contrary conduct entails not so much the initial matter, but what happens after.

"It was shown on the footage Keiron didn't carry on after he tried to hold on to the other player after being struck three times.

"He accepted being sent to the sin bin with good grace and it should have ended there."

The judiciary agreed the action taken by referee Clayton Sharpe, the most experienced in the Queensland Cup, was sufficient and no suspension was warranted.

Johnson said he was always confident Lander had a strong case to argue.

"We were confident going in because we were confident in the fairness of the system and the role of the committee," he said.

"We were treated very fairly by the adjudicator and are very happy with the process.

"Keiron is a very fair player.

"He plays within the spirit of the game and we were able to convince them he wasn't acting outside that."

There is no doubt the Jets are not the same team when Lander is absent.

Given the Jets' injury concerns, his presence will greatly improve the team's prospects of a win tomorrow.

Redcliffe are out of the finals running themselves but would like nothing more than to end the Jets' season prematurely.

A loss would see the Jets miss the semi-finals for the first time since 2010.

"It's a massive boost," Johnson said of Lander's presence in the team.

"Without Keiron in defence, our side definitely loses some shape.

"And his role as leader is instrumental in how we play.

"We're very confident we'll go on to the field on Saturday prepared to play well.

"The result should take care of itself."

Topics:  ipswich jets ipswich rugby league keiron lander queensland rugby league



Puppy deaths may not be a crime, RSPCA

RSPCA spokesperson Michael Beatty

Four dead pups found at Gatton part of RSPCA open case

Big flicks could soon be seen at Mt Ommaney

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT: The Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre have lodged an application with the Brisbane City Council to build a new cinema and entertainment precinct.

New theatres and dining options have Centenary residents excited.

Dog with tape on its muzzle may be able to eat, drink: RSPCA

Spokesperson says the situation is "really weird"

Local Partners

Gatton family claims game show success

A GATTON family walked away with more than $11,000 after an exciting three-night run on game show Family Feud.


9 things to do this weekend

IT'S ON: Help raise funds for cancer research this weekend at the Ipswich Turf Club. The Shearer Tackles Cancer pig races will still be conducted in the Beer Garden from 12pm.

From music and markets to hiking and swimming, Ipswich has it all

Six things to do this weekend

Enjoy a visit with Thomas and Friends at The Workshops Railway

Check out what's on in and around Ipswich.

Your guide to a great night out

The Village Festival in August featured Aussie music icons Mark Seymour and James Reyne.

Check out some live music in Ipswich this weekend

New doco argues ‘OJ Simpson is innocent, and I can prove it’

O.J. Simpson

NEW documentary series claims to have found “missing evidence".

REVIEW: Undressed is more than titilating entertainment

Nathan and Tahlia meet for the first time on the TV series Undressed.

'DIVERSE' dating show goes more than skin deep.

Will there be a Game of Thrones spin-off?

Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage in a scene from season six episode 10 of Game of Thrones.

HBO’S original programming president has teased fans.

Ed Sheeran's intimate gigs down under

Singer Ed Sheeran

CHART-topper playing invite-only shows in Australia next month.

Eddie McGuire's scandal-free focus and new-look Hot Seat

Eddie McGuire hosts the new Millionaire Hot Seat Super Game.

HOST wants out of the hot seat himself to focus on game show revamp.

Embattled Amber Sherlock back on TV after leaked video

Amber Sherlock seems to have brushed off the leaked video

WARNING: Builders, clean up "unsightly sites"

Councillor Ireland at a messy building site.

Failure to do so could see builders slapped with fines.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

REVEALED: What Coast wants in an international airport

Sunshine Coast business people share their views on what's needed

Time for a cool change

43 Eckersley Ave, Buderim.

Family home goes to the auction floor

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!