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Jets aim to break five-year hoodoo

THEY are the 17 Jets who intend to be hoodoo gurus this afternoon.

For the past five seasons the Jets have been coached by Ben and Shane Walker but are yet to win a round one Intrust Super Cup clash in that time.

Co-coach Shane Walker said there were possible reasons for that, which have been addressed.

The Jets are keen to turn it on for their adoring home fans.

"We love being at home and we are really looking forward to it, but the stat that we have to overcome is that we have never won a round one game in the last five seasons," Shane Walker said.

"We drew one and we led and went within 30 seconds of winning one last year, but have never won one.

"We think the reason is that we do a really good job with our video analysis of the opposition on Thursdays, and then on game day.

"The players have a really clear and concise idea about what they have to do in defence and attack to beat an opposition.

"But we have never really got too much footage to go by in round one.

"That is why we are a bit behind the eight-ball in round one."

The Jets don't want that to become a trend, so measures have been taken this week to up the ante with the video analysis.

"A few of Norths' key players who will be instrumental in them having any success against us on the weekend played against us in the round 20 game last year," Walker said.

"So we have gone back and had a look at that and pulled that apart.

"Young (forward) Brett Greinke has got really late feet at the line and (lock/hooker) Billy Brittain is very handy and we have done some work on him.

"They have named Dylan Smith on the bench and if he does play he can cause some dramas with his offloads so we have done some work on him.

"We have seen some areas where we can get points and trouble them, but I can't tell you about them."

The Jets are excited about hooker Landon Hayes who will inherit the role vacated by now Sea Eagles rake Matt Parcell.

"He is going terrific and Landon has done a hell of a lot of work," Walker said.

"Every night at training he is there for half an hour afterwards passing footballs and practising his craft.

"We are really excited to see him go and if he has a good season this year you could take him anywhere."

Returned Jets dynamo Billy McConnachie will play after returning home from the Wests Tigers. He is now training with the Broncos and his presence at North Ipswich Reserve will lift the squad.

"Billy gives everyone a huge amount of confidence, just with the way he can stiffen teams up with his defence," Walker said.

"Even some of his big charges that he does, the boys really get on the back of that.

"When you have got a bloke in your team who is so quiet, yet so tough and intimidating, it gives everyone confidence and excitement to have him back.

"Marmin Barba is his room mate and I haven't seen Marmin so excited since we won (the competition) last year.

"Marmin was like a cat on a hot tin roof with Billy back the other night.

"It is brilliant."



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