Jets freshening up for high intensity shot at Cup finals
THE Ipswich Jets have the Queensland Cup bye this weekend and have been given a week off following last weekend's 40-22 loss to the PNG Hunters.
The Jets must win both their final two matches and hope either Tweed or PNG stumbles in the final three rounds to make the semis.
But trainer and former Jets player Ricky Dodd says they would have been given the week off irrespective of whether they had won or lost last week in PNG.
It makes a contrast to what a lot of other clubs do.
The Jets only train two nights a week, compared to three or four by some of their rivals, with the coaches cognisant of the need to keep their players fresh - both physically and mentally.
"We're different from everyone else," Dodd said.
"Ben and Shane (Walker) realise everyone is working full-time jobs."
Rather than flog them for longer, the Jets prefer to train less at higher intensity.
And no two training sessions are ever the same either, ensuring they don't get stale.
"Every bit of training we do is high intensity," Dodd said.
"It's more game related, rather than making them run 100s.
"So we are more likely to do 15-20 minutes running with minimum recovery time, which is like a game situation.
"Everything the boys do is so competitive it definitely makes for training at higher intensity."
Dodd's day job is as Ipswich Grammar School's Indigenous support officer, but he also played for the Jets for two seasons in 2006-07.
He suspects most of the team would be carrying minor injuries at this time of the season, though they don't show it if they can avoid it.
Even with the week off training for the Queensland Cup squad, players such as Javarn White, Billy McConachie and Carlin Anderson showed up for duties this week.
For the rest, Dodd expects the week off to have been beneficial.
"They can freshen up, then they've got a couple of games to go before finals," he said.
"It's always good to freshen up.
"They know they have a job to do so it will be game-on for the final two rounds."