Ipswich rugby league to benefit from Jets success

THE Ipswich Rugby League competition looks like being the big winner off the back of the Jets' incredible 2015 season.

The most talented squad the club has ever assembled will play at North Ipswich Reserve this year.

Aspiring young players have flocked to Ipswich to learn from the game's best young coaches in Ben and Shane Walker.

When the Intrust Super Cup season starts next week, BRL coach Mark Bishop will be spoilt for choice.

Jets players who don't make their teams each week will play in the IRL competition.

IRL coaches jostling to get the best players to strengthen their clubs is something the Jets have been anxious to help with in recent years. That is badly needed locally.

Many of the IRL's best long-term players over the years have come via the Jets pathway so it is great to see that likely to happen again in 2016.

Meanwhile, which former Jet who left at the end of 2015 might be on a plane back to Ipswich and rejoin everything green and white in 2016? Stay tuned.


Tough trip

THINGS didn't go to plan for the Jets in Sydney in last weekend's final trial.

The Jets only had three sets with the ball in the first quarter of the game.

You can't give a side with Daly Cherry-Evans, Nate Myles and Jamie Lyon that much ball.

It was still a great experience for the guys with plenty of photos with Cherry Evans and Myles taken after the game. Even players turn into fans post game.

The rain played a part in both the BRL and Colts games.

The BRL was called off and the Colts ended six minutes early with the Colts winning 20-4. All trial games are complete.

Norths is the next assignment, in round one.


Table tennis

THE boys took over the table tennis table at the hotel in Sydney with Hayden Lipp being crowned the Federer of Jets' table tennis.


Cooper's stat of the week

THE Jets were the master of the long range try in 2015 - 33% of their tries came from over the half way line.


Footy flashback

THIRTY years ago this week, the Jets played Brothers in their first game in the BRL Woolies pre-season competition.

Things didn't go too smoothly for the Jets losing to Brothers 32-14.

The Jets' side that historic day in 1986 was: Kerry McMaster, Gordon Langton, Shane McCarthy, Brett Walters, Errol Hunter, Ray Kelly, Mark Clarkson, Rod Higgs, Franco Scarpelli, Glenn Haggath (capt), Steve Rohl, Chris MacNellie and Roy Nilsen.

The Reserve grade that day also lost 16-10. Allan Langer played and scored a try.

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