Former Origin great Gene Miles.
Former Origin great Gene Miles. Sharyn O'Neill ROK230714sfogs1

Ipswich keen to erase poor record

WYNNUM always seem to trouble the Ipswich Jets.

They've caused us plenty of heartbreak over the past few years.

They won on the bell with a Daniel Ogden try in round one 2015 to deny the Jets.

Wynnum also knocked the Jets out of the 2014 finals. Not great memories at all.

The Jets haven't beaten Wynnum at Ipswich since round three in 2014 when we won 32-22 with Wes Conlon scoring two tries.

Overall, the Jets are behind Wynnum 21-18 with three draws.

The Jets' record at home against Wynnum reads Ipswich nine, Wynnum nine, drawn one (two of these games were at Briggs Rd, where Ipswich won both).

Wynnum are currently in ninth place with three wins and coming off a win over the Bears.

Wynnum started the season with three straight wins but then lost six in a row.

Wynnum have plenty of players to watch like captain Mitchell Frei who is dangerous off the Seagulls' halves and runs a great angle run.

Hunters provide pain

THE Ipswich Jets started badly against the PNG Hunters last weekend and made it too hard to win.

When the Jets got back to 20-12 optimism was high but then the Hunters scored two tries and I drove home upset.

The Hunters' took their chances and the Jets didn't give themselves a chance with dropped ball and penalties.

The Jets lost the penalty count again six to five.

The Hunters made five line breaks to the Jets one.

Richard Pandia was great again: seven tackle breaks, 158 metres from 20 hit-ups.

Colts rise

THE Jets Colts boys defended their line stoutly and were really enthusiastic against Toowoomba.

They've started the year with two wins in a row.

At halftime, they were in a strong position up 16-6. They maintained that to record the win 26-6.

This week they play Wynnum.

Wynnum's Sheldon Smith is the Colts' leading points scorer with 18 from two games so he will be a danger man.

The Jets BRL boys built a good lead at halftime up 14-6 against Logan Brothers and came away 24-20.

The BRL team seem to lose a bit of mental focus throughout their games at the moment.

Landon Hayes is back from injury so that will give them some stability.

Mika Beattie and Hughey Sedger were strong.

This week the BRL boys play Redcliffe in a grand final rematch.

Jets milestones

MITCHELL Carpenter scored his first Intrust Super Cup try against the Hunters last weekend.

Dane Phillips brought up his 100tth oint for the Jets.

Wes Conlon played his 50th game and brought up goal number 100.

Cooper's stat

IN a quirky observation from the game last Saturday, there were four brothers playing for the Jets and Hunters.

They were the Pandias and Walkers from the Jets and Boas brothers Watson and Ase with the Wellington brothers Staton and Wellington from the Hunters.

A cold beer with . . .

This week the Jets take on Wynnum. If it was the mid 80's then the big number four for Wynnum would be a topic of conversation. I strapped my knee, grew a 'mo and handled all the beers. One was handed to Wynnum legend Gene Miles before talking footy.

What are your memories of playing against the Jets? Regardless of where we played home or away, they were always very rugged encounters. Inevitably there were always a number of altercations, which was all part and parcel of the game back then. When we saw Ipswich on the draw we knew exactly what to expect and we prepared accordingly.

Do you have any good mates you still see from playing against the Jets? Allan "Alf" Langer and the Walters boys.

What's your favourite Alf story? In our early Broncos days, Alf and I were roomies on our away trips. On our first night as roomies, he asked me to leave the bedside lamp on until he had fallen to sleep. I thought this was an odd request but did as I was asked and turned the light off after he had fallen asleep. The next day I realised this was to conquer the brave halfback's fear of the dark.

What was the North Ipswich Reserve like to play at back in the day? It was a very hostile environment as they have a very passionate (as most clubs do) supporter base and with us having a lot of high profiled representative players made it very difficult for us to enjoy their hospitality.

Who is your favourite all time player from Ipswich? The great Allan Langer who I believe should be in the company of the current statues on the concourse of Suncorp Stadium - Lockyer, Lewis, Meninga and Beetson. He was responsible for changing the rules of the game with the way he played. For example, ball stealing (he was genius at) and his tackling technique. In my humble opinion, he is Ipswich's greatest sportsman.

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