Ipswich Jets halfback Chris Ash halts the progress of a PNG Hunters player during last Sunday’s win at the North Ipswich Reserve.
Ipswich Jets halfback Chris Ash halts the progress of a PNG Hunters player during last Sunday’s win at the North Ipswich Reserve. Rob Williams

Mission to defy Tweed torment

THE Ipswich Jets have a terrible record at Tweed, only winning two out of 15 games there.

You can be sure of one thing at Tweed. If it is perfect and sunny everywhere else in the world, it is raining and cold at Tweed.

The Jets have won the past two games at Tweed and will be hoping for three in a row on Sunday.

It's a hard place for the guys to play because you have to go there with a great attitude because there is no green grass and bright sunshine to make you want to play football.

Tweed are coming off a 46-18 loss to Norths.

It was their fifth loss in a row on the road but now they're at home where they've won four of six games this year.

The Jets have won two from five this year on the road.

The Tweed are one spot above the Jets.

The Tweed have won four games this season the same as the Jets but had their bye.

Positive signs

IT may be too early to say we're back but the signs were good.

Lots of enthusiasm, involvement and great defence by the Jets kept the PNG Hunters to two tries. Defence is a great revealing of attitude for a football team.

Nat Neale, Carlin Anderson and Richard Pandia were outstanding. They showed real leadership in making sure they got the job done.

Neale was the TV man of the match but any of the trio would have done the award justice.

Jets newcomer

HUGH Sedger made his debut last weekend against the Hunters as Jet 575.

Mikaera Beattie also played his first game. He is Jet number 574.

Sitting with Bennett

I HAVE always wanted to watch a game of football with master coach Wayne Bennett.

He comes to a lot of Jets' games and was there again on Sunday.

I am starting a public campaign to reach Wayne and ask him to sit with me next time he's at a Jets' game.

I will happily buy the chips if that wins him over.

I do the stats Wayne and the videoing for Ben and Shane Walker so I feel I could contribute to your day at the Jets.

Our next home game is July 2 against the Capras. The Broncos play the night before so I think this would be perfect.

Valuable work

IF you're at Broncos' training and notice a fair skinned red-headed man applying sun screen and being very sun smart it will probably be Steve Hooper.

Hooper works for the Broncos in strength and conditioning.

He has also worked at the Cowboys for two stints and the Catalans Dragons in France.

It all started for Hooper at the Jets while teaching at Raceview, St Peter Claver and St Edmunds.

I had a chat to Hooper during the week about his career which started when he applied for the Jets' Colts' coaching position but was turned away from coaching. He was pointed towards strength and conditioning he took up the role and has never looked back.

He made a start at Queensland's eight in a row and working with Australian Kangaroos this year.

Hooper spoke highly of working at the Broncos and with Wayne Bennett but had fond memories of living in Ipswich for 10 years and working for the Jets.

It's great to chat to Jets that have gone on and achieved big things.

Cooper's stat

CARLIN Anderson's five from five brought up his 100th goal for the Jets and his 350th point.

He has kicked 103 goals for the Jets in total.

Anderson has 358 points from 38 tries and 103 goals for the Jets. He is also now fourth on the list of most points for the Jets.

Young visitors

IT was great to see two students from school at the Jets on Sunday.

Sam Martin did a great job taking them inside the sheds to meet the guys and sing the song.

It's a small gesture from the players but I know one that Josh and Dayne from grade three appreciated.

Get well Max

BRL coach Mark Bishop's son Max has been sick this week and doing it a bit tough in hospital.

Max is also the Jets' ball boy and does a great job. Hope you feel better mate.

A cold beer with . . .

THIS week we seem to have a theme of red-headed teachers so I sat undercover and applied sunscreen to have a beer with Chris Ash.

Which Jets wouldn't you want in your class? I definitely wouldn't want Dane Phillips or Landon Hayes. Both are massive pests.

Which five NRL players would you have over for a beer? Darren Lockyer. Andrew Johns, Allan Langer, Wendell Sailor and Freddy Fittler.

Who has the better ideas: Ben or Shane? Fred Belford, the assistant coach, has better ideas.

Favourite player as a kid? Darren Lockyer.

Best nickname at the Jets? Has to be Phar Lap for Ben White. Have to ask him why.

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