Jets soar as city celebrates a team in a league of its own
IT was a civic reception to match the courage and skill that our mighty jets displayed in the field of battle.
Hundreds lined the city mall on Thursday night to celebrate what will be remembered as The Year of the Jet - a year in which Queensland dominated the NRL and a team led by the Walker brothers turned heads with its own brand of rugby league.
The city pulled out all stops to ensure the Jets were aware of what their success has meant to their beloved home town, with a surprise F/A-18F Super Hornet flyover.
There was a ticker tape parade, featuring cheer leaders and confetti cannons, as the team moved from d'Arcy Doyle Place and into the mall, with Mayor Paul Pisasale and Councillors presenting the lads with the city's highest honour - the keys to their city.
The Jets claimed the Brisbane Rugby League A-Grade premiership, Intrust Super Cup Grand Final and NRL State Championship this year.
Jets lock Rod Griffin said the players had been lapping up the Ipswich community's support.
"It's been great - everywhere you go you see an Ipswich supporter yelling 'up the Jets'," he said.
"To get that kind of feedback makes you feel like a superstar."
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasle said the Jets deserved every bit of their success.
"These guys did Ipswich proud on local, state and national stages," he said.