Emotions to run high for Petero at Redcliffe
THE scenario makes tough reading for the Ipswich Jets this weekend.
The Jets need to beat Redcliffe, at Redcliffe, where the crowd will have gathered in force to farewell Petero Civoneciva in his final home game.
The same Redcliffe that beat finals candidates Tweed Heads 40-0 last week and need to win to retain any semi-finals hopes.
It is daunting but if Ipswich is to test the best in finals, they need to win such games.
A win will give them a rails run to a third-place finish and a second chance in finals.
A loss could see them out of the top five with one round remaining.
Jets bench forward Liam Capewell doesn't need to be reminded of the significance of the match.
"To be honest, the pressure's on," Capewell said.
"If we're going to do what a lot of people think we can, we've got to win this weekend."
Adding to the stakes is the game is the televised match of the round, but that seems to bring out the best in the Jets.
They've won three from three on the box this year with halfback Ian Lacey, the only injury concern this weekend, man-or-the-match in two.
"We're just starting to get towards the defensive mindset that wins finals," Capewell said to justify his optimism.
"With two weeks to go, it's a great opportunity to defend like we do, grinding teams into the ground.
"Wearing teams down then taking it to the next level."
It is Capewell's job to help the team get to that next level when he comes on the field.
A backrower on a bench filled with them, he will be called on to relieve a forward who has worked himself to the edge of exhaustion.
Whether it's up the middle or on the edge, his job will be to raise the tempo until the opposition cracks before he does.
"Line speed and enthusiasm," Capewell said when asked what would give the Jets the edge on Sunday afternoon.
"I just don't think anyone will match us if we stick to the game plan."
The 25-year-old Capewell has been an Ipswich Jets player on and off for a number of years.
But the last full season he had with the club was in 2009.
He has battled his share of injuries, not all sustained playing football.
Capewell is well used to cattle, having grown up on "a little farm" of about 1000 acres near Charleville.
He once required a knee reconstruction after getting kicked by a bull.
"A calf escaped into the bull-pen," he explained.
"I jumped off the fence to grab it before it was trampled."
The calf got saved but Capewell was kicked by an old bull, sending him into agony.
It was all he could do not to cry in front of those watching on.
He has since found a less painful way to earn a living, as a teacher.
He is currently temping at Redbank Plains State High while looking for a permanent post "if the right job comes up".