Rosewood ready to welcome Jets
THE IPSWICH Jets will bring state league-level football to Rosewood for the first time, when they host rivals Souths Logan Magpies in a pre-season hit-out at the Rosewood Roosters' Anzac Park home on Saturday.
The Roosters are preparing to re-enter the Ipswich competition after a number of years without a senior side, and president Shane Brandley hopes with the Jets' help, Rosewood can return to action in a big way this season.
"(The Jets) haven't been out here before, so it is very exciting for the town,” Brandley said. "Everyone at the Roosters is excited to see them come out and play in front of our crowd.
"This is our first year back with seniors in a couple of years, so it's really important we get a good crowd in and put some good footy on for them as a start.”
The Roosters president said it was important for country clubs like Rosewood to have a strong relationship with state-league affiliates, and in that sense the Jets have led from the front.
"It means a lot to have this level of football being played in Rosewood,” Brandley said. "It will hopefully help us promote our game this year and get off to a good start.
"(The Jets) come out and do coaching sessions and things like that with us, and that's really important for country clubs like us. We absorb all that information. It's an important relationship.”
Jets CEO Jason Cubit said after a number of years playing trial matches out at Laidley, it was good to bring top-quality football "back to a town that really loves their rugby league.”
"With the senior club coming back into the Ipswich competition this season it's a big boost for the town,” he said.
"It's a good thing for the community to have a footy team in town, and hopefully we can give them a little boost to start the season.
"It will be great for people to be able to walk down (to Anzac Park) and see guys that are pretty close to being NRL players out here on Saturday night.
"Hopefully those that come along to watch the Jets on Saturday night come back to watch the Roosters in action this season.”
The romance of taking a trial game to Rosewood aside, there is still a competitive game of rugby league to be played, and Cubit said both the players and coaches will be taking plenty of information away from the contest.
"From an individual player's point of view, it's a good chance to impress and also see where they're at from a fitness perspective,” he said.
"And obviously there's a few new guys in the squad this year, so it's a chance for the coaching staff to have a look at those guys and see where they're at. Players will be pushing for spots for round one.”
The action gets underway at 4.30pm with the Mal Meninga U18s.
The seniors kick-off at 7.30pm.