Deep talent pool for Jets
THERE is such talent depth at the Ipswich Jets, co-coach Ben Walker said he will likely use a squad of 40 for the Queensland Cup season.
The Jets will field another experimental line-up tonight against the Tweed Heads Seagulls at North Ipswich Reserve.
The team is filled with local products, including FOGS Cup veteran back rower Geoff Shields and young winger Jarrod McInally.
Walker said it would be extremely difficult to settle on a 17 for the first round of the Queensland Cup which is less than a month away.
“We are still a long way from finalising a 17 and there's so much competition for spots, it will be very tough,” Walker said.
“The side for the Tweed game is again just an experiment. We are just testing out combinations and seeing what works and what doesn't.
“Our side for the final trial game will not be our best 17 either.
“We have a two-week break after that before our first match so I think during that time we will figure it out.”
The Jets, using a predominantly young side, lost 34-0 to the Melbourne Storm at Langlands Park last Friday night.
Walker said the loss did not bother him.
“It was a young team and a good experience for them,” the former Brisbane Bronco said.
“We just had no possession. We were heavily penalised and kept having to tackle and they were too good for us.”
Walker said one of the best facets of the pre-season was the improvement of the Ipswich players.
“Guys like (Geoff) Shields have been around a while and they have a good chance of making QCup this year,” he said.
“Jarrod McInally has been great in the pre-season and he looks the goods.
“It's just good to see local guys coming through and improving a lot and we will use many during the season.”
Ipswich Jets v Tweed Heads tonight 6.30pm at North Ipswich Reserve. Colts at 3.30pm, FOGS Cup at 5pm.
1. Scott Ireland, 2. Ramon Filipine, 3. Jarrod McInally, 4. Luke Walker, 5. Eddie Tautali, 6. Matt Duggan, 7. Brendon Lindsay, 8. Nathaniel Neale, 9. Mervyn Walker, 10. Trevor Exton, 11. Slade King, 12. Geoff Shield, 13. Keiron Lander.
Interchange: Chris Naidu, Fred Tila, Saunda Seumanutafa, 19. TJ Fonoti, 20. Rhys Chapman, 21. Alistair Tua’a, 22. Trent Wallace, 23. Leslie Alovilli.