Ipswich eager to be entertainers

IT WAS a celebration of football which brought many non-football lovers to the heart of Ipswich in the biggest gathering the city has held since last month’s devastating flood.

The Sydney Roosters versus Ipswich Jets match at North Ipswich Reserve was a success and, for the Jets’ sake, hopefully caused many non-partisan fans to turn green.

Considering there were nearly a dozen local players on the field for the Jets last night and the entertaining manner with which the boys played, the fans should begin gravitating back towards the team.

Jets co-coach Shane Walker said it was an important night for the city, to come together for the first time since the floods.

“The city has been through a lot in the past month and it’s important they have a team that will show up for them every week and entertain them,” Walker said.

“Hopefully these people come back.”

Roosters players mingled with the thousand fans that stayed after the match to grab autographs and the two Roosters players from Ipswich who debuted for the club last night, Lama Tasi and Tom Guymer, were mobbed by friends and family.

Both struggled to find the ball during the match but Tasi pulled off the biggest hit of the night when his right shoulder rattled the sternum of an unlucky Jets player.

The try of the match was the first when Roosters centre Justin Carney burst through the Jets out wide and palmed off several would-be defenders for a 30m solo special.



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