Self belief the key to finals glory for Ipswich

THE holy grail is within reach for the Ipswich Jets.

The Jets are into their fifth first grade grand final in their short history after a brave and defiant 28-12 Intrust Super Cup preliminary final win over the PNG Hunters yesterday.

The Townsville Blackhawks await in Sunday's grand final at Suncorp Stadium.

The Jets lost in the 1988 and 1989 deciders in the old Brisbane Rugby League comp and in 2002 and 2008 in Queensland Cup deciders.

But only a fool would write them off in their fifth attempt.

"Fifth time lucky," Jets co-coach Shane Walker grinned after yesterday's triumph.

"We are proud of the whole club.

"To see our BRL boys get up and win their grand final (against Wynnum) yesterday was a great inspiration.

"Our boys played with great courage today against PNG."

Walker has played on the biggest stage in the NRL but he said a win for the Jets on Sunday would "mean everything" to him.

"We are looking forward to every part of the coming week," he said.

"Our players have great belief in themselves.

"The Blackhawks are a side littered with NRL stars and former Origin players and we will know we have been in a game of footy next week, and so will they."



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