TIGHT BATTLE: Brandon Borrello and James Troisi go toe-to-toe in the A-League clash at Suncorp Stadium.
TIGHT BATTLE: Brandon Borrello and James Troisi go toe-to-toe in the A-League clash at Suncorp Stadium. DAN PELED

OPINION: Honour for indigenous leader and flashy fullback

ONE of the Ipswich Jets' quiet achievers was honoured at the club's presentation dinner on Friday night.

Coming back from injury to take a leadership role within the Jets back line, Wes Conlon has had a big year of footy.

Easily noticeable on the field for his flashy footwork, Conlon was put in the spotlight for his work off the field when he was named the Keiron Lander Volunteer and Community Work Award recipient for 2016.

Having taken up the Deadly Choices initiative on a personal level, the proud indigenous rugby league player is a fantastic role model for the Ipswich community.

With his family and loving wife to keep him busy, Conlon regularly volunteers his time to visit the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre in Wacol.

Joined by other Jets players on his monthly visits, Conlon is a breath of fresh air when he turns up with a football in hand and a ready smile for the young residents.

It's impressive to see someone use a sport like rugby league to genuinely improve the lives of others through shared experiences.

It's not just the Jets who have heaped praise on Conlon this year. He was also awarded player of the carnival in the recent Arthur Beetson Foundation Murri Rugby League Carnival.

Conlon showed Ipswich spirit while competing for the Purga Wagtails in the grand final against the Cherbourg Hornets.

He was presented the award by the first Aboriginal player to represent the Australian Kangaroos, Lionel Morgan.

Roar back to life

THE return of the A-League competition to Suncorp Stadium produced more than a few exciting moments.

From the sending-off of captain Matt McKay, to the 96th minute equaliser by Luke DeVere, Brisbane Roar fans were given a rollercoaster to welcome back the season.

The running battle between McKay and Melbourne Victory's Fahid Ben Khalfallah was soured by the Soccaroo being given his fifth red card in the competition.

As controversial as the first yellow card was, the experienced player should have known better than to tug on his opponent's jersey directly in front of referee Shaun Evans.

McKay will now sit out a one-match ban, and is likely to be replaced by midfielder Jacob Pepper when Brisbane take on Newcastle on Sunday.