After playing host to the Papua New Guinea Rugby League team last year, the Ipswich Jets hope to play a Queensland Cup match in PNG next year.
After playing host to the Papua New Guinea Rugby League team last year, the Ipswich Jets hope to play a Queensland Cup match in PNG next year. File

Jets set course for Cup tussle

IPSWICH Jets are keen to play a Queensland Cup match in Papua New Guinea next year as part of a push to take more games away from the eastern seaboard.

The PNG national side visited Ipswich in 2010 when they trained in preparation for the Four Nations tournament.

Jets coaches Ben and Shane Walker assisted the Kumuls and the Jets are keen to further the relationship.

"Ben and Shane Walker helped their coach Stanley Gene out when we brought them to Ipswich," Jets chairman Steve Johnson said.

"Trevor Exton is a PNG player and (PNG international) Paul Aiton is a friend of ours so they ended up coming to Ipswich for a week."

There was a hugely successful weekend this year when South-Logan played Northern Pride in Bamaga in Queensland's north and Johnson said he was keen to recreate that.

Johnson said that should be a template for a Queensland Cup round in 2012.

"If we take our game inland and to other places, we will get 4000 or 5000 which is more than the 400 or 500 that we get for home games.

"We are going to bring this up at the Intrust (Super Cup) meeting on Monday and Tuesday at Davies Park.

"There is a bit of a reluctance to go to PNG but we have a connection and the city has a connection. We hosted the national team for eight days and they enjoyed their time in Ipswich.

"Our coaching staff struck up a good relationship with their squad."

Johnson said the Jets would support the PNG move to have a side in the Queensland Cup.



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