Old Boys fuel Ipswich's finals ambition
THE Jets need a win today to secure a home semi-final.
Fortunately they have their secret weapon ready to ensure it is two more points in the bank.
Today doubles as the Jets annual Old Boys day, which always brings the best out of the players.
As well as a function to raise funds and honour the old boys, the former players will also don a new set of jerseys for a game against Ipswich City Council's Rock Wallabies.
The Jets Old Boys team includes former Queensland representative Chris Beattie.
"We enjoy it," former Jets skipper Steve Parcell said of the annual event.
"We have a good time. With a lot of blokes you don't get to see them much because you haven't played footy with them for a long time.
"It works well now with Andrew Walters as Old Boys president, we have one function a year where we raise some funds and give money away to kids."
The Old Boys day is a wonderful way of ensuring past players remain an integral part of the present club.
"We still feel a part of it," Parcell said.
"It's our background and who we played for. I'll probably support them forever."
It is not only the old boys who get a boost from the annual event.
You can be sure the current crop will lift in front of those that went before them.
The last thing they want is to have to meet up with the old boys after the game following a below par performance.
"They usually perform really well on Old Boys Day," Parcell said.
Parcell has been watching the Jets in recent seasons with close eyes as his sons Matt and Sam have graduated to the top grade.
While he was happy to model the new Old Boys jersey, he's long since learned his lesson about playing in such events.
"Everyone goes through a period where they play a couple of old boys games," he said.
"We like watching them run around. They enjoy getting on the paddock and having a run.
"Some might try to show they still have a little bit left."