Jets launch new era
REDEMPTION is less than a week away for the Ipswich Jets and new beginnings was the theme of the club’s season launch on Friday night.
A host of Ipswich rugby league identities swapped stories at the Briggs Road venue ahead of the opening round of the Queensland Cup this weekend.
The Jets play the Easts Tigers at Langlands Park on Sunday afternoon as they look to erase last year’s wooden spoon effort from fans’ minds.
The club will release its first team list tomorrow, with two to three Gold Coast Titans players in the mix to be among the starting 13.
By the time they take the field at Langlands Park on Sunday, it would be three weeks between games for the Jets.
But co-coach Ben Walker said preparations were proceeding well.
He said it would be extremely difficult to narrow their 30-man squad down to the best 17.
Even gun players like Josh Seage are likely to begin the year in Colts despite many fawning over his trial form.
“It’s been business as usual for us during the past few weeks,” Walker said.
“Selecting that Round 1 team is going to be very hard and we still aren’t sure what players we will be getting back from the Titans.”
The Jets’ back row is poised to be a strength for Walker’s boys.
Jacob Ling, Lorenzo Maafu and Keiron Lander are set to be one of the best loose forward combinations in the Queensland Cup. Throw in Sam Martin, Ronnie Alovili, Adam Boettcher and Seage and the Jets will have a deep mobile forward pack to call on.
The Jets held a successful junior coaching clinic at the North Ipswich Reserve yesterday morning with 200 juniors receiving tips from all Jets players.