Key stat: How second half play lets Jets down
THE Ipswich Jets' season came undone in PNG.
The Jets started well with try number 21 for Michael Purcell after a great bust from Nemani Valekapa.
It was great skill from the Jets left hand side and great hands from Purcell.
Nemani and Purcell have now scored 29 tries between them this year.
The Jets' left hand side is the more potent side with 37 tries from 84 this year scored down that side.
The Jets stayed 4-0 in front but then let in a try just before half time back on the inside when David Loko went through plenty of Jets.
Stargoth Amean caught some Jets on the ground in the ruck and drifted across to score and from there the Jets were cooked. Albert went over off a face ball near the posts and Boas scored from a loose inside ball.
The Jets' second half reflects their scoring pattern for the season.
The Jets have scored 244 points in the first half compared to the opposition's 226.
In the second half the Jets have scored 228 to 279.
The Jets have the bye this week and then play Mackay and Central Queensland at home to end the year.
The Jets have lost Luke Capewell with a fractured cheek bone as well as Sam Martin and Wes Conlon.
THE situation for the Jets is they can't play finals. The Jets are currently in eighth spot with a bye and two games to go.
The Jets have to play Mackay and Central Queensland. So potentially another six points to finish on 30 points.
Townsville is in sixth spot on 28 points with Hunters, Sunshine Coast and a bye in front of them.
The Jets' BRL side is in sixth spot on 37 points and has two games to play against Logan Brothers and Wynnum. Easts are in fifth on 40 so the Jets would need to win their two games and hope some results went their way to play finals this year.
It will be the first time since 2010 that no Jets' side has made the finals.
THE Jets love playing poker on their trips away, up stepped rookie Mitch Carpenter and won his first time playing. I think he's now banned.
NEMANI Valekapa needs three tries for 50 tries for Jets.
He requires 12 points to reach 200 for the Jets.
Dane Phillips needs one game to be equal with Luke Walker on 114 games for the Jets.
Valekapa needs one game to be equal with Danny McAillister on 103 games for Jets.
THE Jets suffered their 250th loss in the Intrust Super Cup against PNG.
The Jets have lost 250 games from 486 games.
Remember that Jet?
FOR 81 games, 11 tries and 14 goals the Jets had a skilful second rower who loved to run to the left of the field and throw bullet-like passes for outside backs.
Jacob Ling is Jet # 490 and came to the Jets in 2009 having two stints from 2009-2011 and then again in 2013 after going to Sydney to try his hand at the Dragons.
"My time at the Jets was full of great memories,'' Ling said.
"I made great friends like Paul Stephenson, Brendon Lindsay and Todd Riggs and met my wife Ash.
"I am now married with a daughter and even the job I have at Wests Newcastle is because of the skills and chance the Jets gave me.
"It was a great period in my life and I am very grateful.”
Once were Jets
GREAT to see Jet # 536 Tautalatasi Tasi scoring five tries for the North Sydney Bears in the NSW Intrust Super Cup against the Wests Tigers.
While Jet #529 Matt Parcell is playing for Leeds in England and has made 833 tackles which is the fourth most in the competition.
His 13 tries has him placed 14th for tries.
Jet #546 Josh Cleeland has been ripping the NSW Intrust Super Cup apart with six tries in three games.
Cleeland has made their competition's team of the week five weeks in a row.
A cold beer with . . .
It is just over 12 months ago that Jets' CEO Jason Cubit took over the big office. I sat down with the boss to talk all things Jets and how he was finding the role one year on.
What's surprised you about your job? Nothing has overly surprised me but certainly my job has been fairly easy in terms of the positive club culture that Ben and Shane (Walker) have built within the playing group over many years at the club. The hardship fund that the players administer themselves driven by Keiron Lander to assist each other in times of need is something I've never seen before at a football club and is a great example of the culture within the club and the playing group working together to support each other in tough times.
What have you enjoyed the most so far? The broad nature of the role is something that I really enjoy as it gives me varied opportunities to further pursue a career in the game of rugby league down the track. It's really hands-on which is something I enjoy. There's lots involved including commercial sponsorship development and marketing, player recruitment in consultation with the head coaches, football operations such as ensuring the coaches have the resources they need for our teams to perform well on the field, coordinating and travelling with the ISC team as well as media liaison and acting as a spokesperson for the club in the media. The role is very broad in its nature and no two days are the same which I enjoy. Of course it's also enjoyable when we win.
What's maybe not a very enjoyable part of your role? The biggest difficulty that all Intrust Super Cup clubs face is that we are expected to be run as professionally as the NRL clubs, which is fair enough, but we are expected to do that with probably less than 5% of the funding and staff resources available to clubs at the NRL level. The Jets are not immune to the problem that all ISC clubs face in being under-resourced in terms of staff and that impacts on the staff we do have in terms of their workloads and their overall well-being. While I do enjoy the broad nature of my role, it does make it difficult at times to focus your energy in one direction, particularly when you consider there's probably a dozen people doing what I do at NRL clubs.
What would you like to do moving into your second year in the role? The game of rugby league is moving in a different direction in 2018 and beyond in terms of the player pathway model with 2017 being the final year of the National Youth Competition (Under 20s). This is a positive thing for the game and I'd like to assist the Jets to capitalise on this opportunity in keeping our young players closer to home and encouraging them to see the Intrust Super Cup as the best pathway for them into the NRL. I also want to continue to work with the board of the club in ensuring we remain financially viable into the future. The Jets are always looking to partner with successful businesses to promote their brand and once again achieving our sponsorship targets is something I will continue in my second year with the club.
Who is your favourite player to watch? It's hard for me to single anyone out but being a broken down old front-rower myself I'd have to say Nat Neale, who is far from being broken down himself I must say. He's a machine and regularly plays 80 minutes in the middle for us which is rare these days. He got one over the Broncos contracted forwards in our win against Souths-Logan about a month ago when the Broncos top side was on the bye and Souths had nine full-time Broncos in their 17. I can't believe Nat isn't playing in the NRL but we are thankful to have him back here at the Jets.