The Ipswich Jets rugby league club show their support of the Not Now, Not Ever message with Domestic Violence Action Centre general manager Gabrielle Borggaard and community development worker Heather Ellis.
The Ipswich Jets rugby league club show their support of the Not Now, Not Ever message with Domestic Violence Action Centre general manager Gabrielle Borggaard and community development worker Heather Ellis. David Nielsen

Partners pampered by Jets

MORE than 250 women were treated to a day of absolute indulgence in recognition of their contribution to one of Ipswich's biggest names.

The Ipswich Jets turned their North Ipswich Reserve Corporate Centre into a full restaurant, hair salon, massage room and beauty salon to celebrate the Women in League organisation with an 'Afternoon of Indulgence'.

From canapes and wine to make-up classes and hair style consultants, the Jets most passionate supporters of mothers, aunties, grandmothers and partners were pampered unconditionally.

Those attending the game on Saturday were greeted at the gate by one of the Jets longest serving fans in Dot Landy.

Mrs Landy. has been involved with the club for almost 30 years, and every weekend is the smiling face behind the North Ipswich Reserve entrance.

Her husband, Jim Landy. is the Ipswich Jets team manager and joined the club back in 1989.

"Goodness gracious it's been so long I've lost count," Dot Landy. said.

"When my husband joined I moved up here as well and we've been involved ever since. I've supported the club in any way that I could over the years and now I work at the gate on game days."

Over the years, the Ipswich Jets have proved a second home to the Landy. family.

"I thoroughly enjoy it," Mrs Landy. said. "I have made some great friend and it's a wonderful club to be involved with. Even though I am working I am always watching the games."

The day also served to acknowledge the growing relationship between the Jets rugby league club and the Ipswich Domestic Violence Action Centre.

Ipswich players ran out in a special pink and purple jersey in honour of both initiatives.

After the game, the player's jerseys were sold to the public with all proceeds from the afternoon to be donated to the DVAC organisation.

The Jets host a number of special days in honour of different groups throughout the year, but Mrs Landy. said the club's commitment to women in the sport was one of the reasons she felt so at home in Ipswich.

"It's amazing that the club has been so brilliant in this regard," she said. "They are great at involving the community and the women behind the scenes.

"There are a lot of women involved in positions throughout the club now and it's great they can involve them because they play a big part."



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