Broncos visit to strengthen city’s relationship with Ipswich Jets
IT'S the perfect time for rugby league fans to watch the Brisbane Broncos train and gain an autograph when they come to Ipswich on Friday.
With the Ipswich Jets hosting the NRL competition leaders and some Ipswich Rugby League matches to follow that night, footy fans are in for a treat.
"The Broncos are top of the table and we (Ipswich's Queensland Cup team) are sitting second on the table,'' Jets CEO Wayne Wendt.
"It's a really good feel for our code in this district.
"It's a full NRL squad and they'll probably do some signings around the field.
"It's basically a part of our affiliation arrangement that we support them and they support us.
"We have got a great relationship with the Broncos and Wayne Bennett.''
Friday's training starts at 4pm at the North Ipswich Reserve.
The Broncos visit will be followed by two IRL catch-up matches at the Ipswich's rugby league headquarters.
Norths play Swifts in the 6.30pm colts match before the Tigers and Bluebirds clash in the main A-grade game at 8pm.
Wendt welcomed everyone who wanted to see the Broncos go through their paces before watching some terrific local league.
Among those training with the Broncos are Jets product Matt Parcell, fullback speedster Daniel Vidot and exciting teenage forward Joe Ofahengaue.
Hooker Parcell has impressed playing the past two games for the Broncos.
Wendt said the Jets production line was again highlighted when Parcell's replacement Landon Hayes stepped up in Ipswich's latest Queensland Cup match against PNG Hunters on Sunday.
The Jets blooded three new players in their 40-28 loss to the home side.
Playing his third game in the Intrust Super Cup competition, Hayes scored two tries, set up a third and kicked a 40-20.
"We've got another little special sitting there too,'' Wendt said.
"We lose one bloke up to an NRL side and we've got another bloke stepping right in.
"It's really good for Ipswich footy.''
Meanwhile, the Ipswich Jets will also be hosting a Sportsman's dinner following their next home game against the CQ Capras on June 20.
The dinner will feature Bryan Fletcher from the NRL footy show.
Function inquiries with Nicole on 3202 1887.