Ipswich Jets Newsletter
29 August 2016
Upcoming Games
Sunday 4th Sept
Finals Rounds
Brisbane Rugby League
North Ipswich Reserve
Jets V Wests Panthers @ TBC
First round of finals for BRL
Courtesy of Ben Wilmott at the QT
THE Reserve Grade Ipswich Jets have progressed to the second week of the Brisbane Rugby League finals with a 32-14 victory over Easts Tigers.

The defending premiers led the way as Josh Damen and Rowan Winterfield crossed for two tries each, with Finecallum Faingaa and Lachlan Roe adding one apiece.

Having secured a second home final, Jets coach Mark Bishop said Winterfield would have one less concern for the rest of the season.

"Big Ray finally got off the nudie run list," Bishop laughed. "He hadn't scored all year and then gets two to escape so he's happy now.

"Rowan has been great for us all year. He plays 80 minutes pretty much every week and between him and Peter Whittaker we never have to worry about our middle."

With an unusually early kick-off at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, Bishop said the 11.45am start had worked in their favour.

"It's in the heat of the day which is the best part," Bishop said. "You just get up, have a bit of breakfast and away you go.

"It definitely helps having the home game so you don't have to travel either."

The winner of this weekend's qualifying final will play the loser of Redcliffe and minor premiers Wynnum for a spot in the BRL grand final.

Despite finishing the regular season in third, Bishop was confident the Jets would be there to defend their title on grand final day.

"We played well which was pleasing," he said. "We probably let a few opportunities go but at the end of the day the win is the most important thing.

"We'll get back into training and get ready for next weekend."

Congratulations to Ipswich's own Wes Conlon who was yesterday's Channel 9 Man of the Match against Wynnum Manly.
Pictured here with Peter Psaltis. 
BRL Report
 The BRL boys came away with a win of 32-14 over the Easts Tigers on Saturday. It was an exciting game to watch for the first round of finals elimination. 

Ending the season in third meant that if we could get a win for the first round, we would be hosting two home games in a row. 

This weekend we will take on the Wests Panthers at the North Ipswich Reserve again. It's always a bonus to be able to play at home and have all our supporters there as well. 
FOGS Colts Report
The Colts had a very close loss against the Wynnum Manly Seagulls on Sunday. 

The boys managed to get up in the first half however, the Seagulls scored a couple more tries to get ahead of us in the second half. Unfortunately, the Colts lost by only 3 points. 

We finished the season in 8th position on the ladder. Our team has a skillful group of players and it will be great to continue working as a team towards bigger goals next season.
Michael Nunn's 
Jets Buzz
MARK Bishop isn't just the Jets' BRL coach. He's one of the good guys at the Jets. A coach of both the Colts and BRL in his time at the Jets. Bishop hates chip and chase tries and I love them so we sat down to figure out why.

Year started at Jets? 2010.
Role at Jets? BRL coach.

Favourite player to watch in the NRL and why? Thurston for sure. He competes on every play and never gives up. That goes a long way to explain why his teams are always in the hunt until the final whistle.

Favourite team as a kid? Manly. I loved watching Terry Randall play and then Fatty Vautin. Cliffy Lyons was also a real footy player. Now of course Matty Parcell is doing his family and home town proud.

What's the biggest challenge in coaching? Getting everyone on the same page. Guys come from all different footy systems and backgrounds and what they have been doing there may not be what you want as a coach here. Once they believe and trust you the results will shine through.

Why do you lack my vision for a great chip and chase tries? I love a good chip and chase when done at the right time and especially when it works. Coming out of your own 20 on tackle two after defending three sets on your line is not the time.
CEOs Report

While season 2016 has now drawn to a close for our Intrust Super Cup and FOGS Colts Teams, our Brisbane Rugby League Team are still in the hunt to defend their 2015 Premiership win.

Our Intrust Super Cup team finished the season with an impressive win over Wynnum-Manly at Wynnum in the Channel 9 Match-of-the-Round. The team unfortunately missed the finals by just one win. Having used 33 players in Intrust Super Cup including 15 debutants in season 2016, the team can hold their head high knowing they gave everything they possibly could each and every week.

Our BRL Team now plays West Brisbane Panthers in another elimination semi-final this weekend.

The club is well advanced in our planning for season 2017 and are interested to hear from any businesses who would like to have their brand associated with the Ipswich Jets. A big thank-you to those sponsors who have already committed themselves to supporting the Ipswich Jets in season 2017.


Intrust Super Cup Report

Even with the hope for finals out of reach for the Intrust Super Cup boys, the Jets did not go down without a fight. We finished the season off with a win against the Wynnum Manly Seagulls at their home ground. 

The Jets were up 6-12 at half time, and continued to dominate the field with another 3 tries in the second half. Finishing the game off with a try from Richard Pandia on the 80 minute mark, the Jets won 28-16. 

It's been a great season for the boys and the Jets will definitely be back bigger, better and stronger for the 2017 season.

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