Redcliffe take over Jets mantle as Brisbane and ISC champs

VALIENT EFFORT: The Ipswich Jets suffered the same fate as the Brisbane Broncos after losing the Brisbane Rugby League (BRL) A-grade grand final in extra time.
VALIENT EFFORT: The Ipswich Jets suffered the same fate as the Brisbane Broncos after losing the Brisbane Rugby League (BRL) A-grade grand final in extra time. David Nielsen

THE Ipswich Jets came as close as possible to sealing a second straight BRL premiership on Saturday.

Up against the minor premiers Redcliffe, the Reserve Grade Jets valiantly fought back to level the score at 30-30 in time for the full-time buzzer.

Unfortunately for many Ipswich fans, the Jets would find extra time just as fruitful as their Brisbane Broncos counterparts.

The scene at Dolphin Park would soon resemble that of Townsville as a clutch field goal left the visitors heartbroken by 31-30 defeat.

Jets coach Mark Bishop summed it up when he said: "If you are going to get beaten it might as well be something spectacular.''

Ironically the Dolphins are this year's version of the Jets after securing a grand final clash in the Intrust Super Cup and claiming the BRL's second premiership since being reintroduced last year.

Despite the loss, the fact that most of the Intrust Super Cup players were at the grounds to cheer on their BRL teammates showed the club spirit which has transformed the club in recent years.

The players have become a family unto themselves which speaks volumes of the coaching and support staff who emulate the club's family first mentality.

It has been a pleasure having the chance to meet, and tell the stories of such a great group of players and staff throughout the year.

From the Jets resident number-cruncher (and my nomination for father-of-the- year) Michael Nunn, to coaches Mark Bishop, Todd Riggs, Adam Boettcher and the Walker brothers, each has brought a different background and personality to Ipswich.

I wish I could have been here last year to share in the double premiership glory but I am confident the next Jets victory song isn't far off.

Sensational derby

FRIDAY night proved North Queensland and Brisbane simply don't know how to finish a game in 80 minutes.

Just like the 2015 grand final, the Cowboys left their State rivals heartbroken as the NRL's shining star Johnathan Thurston masterminded an extra-time try to end the Broncos season.

This time the loss would signal the end of Brisbane captain Corey Parker's sensational career in rugby league.

As a Broncos fan it was still hard to be left disappointed as the Cowboys once proved the victor.

One of the best games of the season, the two outfits went toe-to-toe in hot and humid conditions before finally North Queensland could claim victory.

The Cowboys are just two wins away from securing a second straight premiership. Good luck.

Topics:  adam boettcher, ben walker, brisbane broncos, brisbane rugby league, ipswich jets, mark bishop, north queensland cowboys, nrl, nrl finals, shane walker, todd riggs

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