Jets coaches are satisfied their teams are heading in the right direction after their latest trials. Picture: Rob Williams
Jets coaches are satisfied their teams are heading in the right direction after their latest trials. Picture: Rob Williams

Six to go rule tests Jets in lead-up to Qld Cup opener


Michael Nunn

THE Souths Magpies have been and gone and now it's the run to round one and tackling Townsville.

The Jets finished their preparation for the Intrust Super Cup with two games against Souths at home on Saturday night.

The Intrust Super Cup side lost 20-8 and the Colts went down 36-16.

Ipswich winger Peter Gubb saw plenty he liked from the Jets.

"A few things I think we can be really positive about was that a lot of players played big minutes and Keiron hasn't been making a lot of interchanges so we know we have the runs in our legs," Gubb said.

"Kierran Moseley has been outstanding. He's so fit and ready to have an impact on the Intrust Super Cup.

"Jayden Connors has been exceptional. From a winger's perspective, he is great, awesome communicator and always pushing up in support.

"I think this competition this year is wide open and I think it will have some surprises.

"The six to go rule is going to have an impact. A lot of Jets were saying on Saturday night how tired they are it just gasses you out."

Lander was satisfied with where the Jets were placed at the turn towards home after Saturday's game.

"We got out of it what I wanted," Lander said.

"That doesn't mean we don't have things to work on. We do but we are improving in the things we have worked on.

"I was happy with Jayden Connors and Kierran Moseley they were exceptional."

The Colts meanwhile had an unhappy night against the Magpies in their last trial game before round one against the Falcons.

Ipswich Jets 2021 Colts coach Chris Ash. Picture: Ipswich Jets Media
Ipswich Jets 2021 Colts coach Chris Ash. Picture: Ipswich Jets Media

Coach Chris Ash saw lots of learning opportunities out of the night.

"It's good to make these mistakes now, that's what trial games are for," Ash said.

"We will look at the video and just see what we can adapt and change from here.

"It seemed lot of six to go calls, against us so I will be looking at what we are doing wrong there.

"Three weeks now to get ready for round one.

"We had some impressive performers. Riley Morris was great for us so we have some positives and keep moving."

Litmus test for young Jets at Tweed

ROUND one is here for the youngest Jets, the Mal Meninga Cup Jets and Cyril Connell Jets, who will travel South to the Tweed on Saturday and tackle the Seagulls.

It can be a hard and unforgiving place the home of the Gulls.

Mal Meninga Cup coach Michael Armstrong knows exactly what is waiting for his young Jets.

"Tweed will be hard there is no argument there,'' Armstrong said.

"We have to play them twice so round one is a good time.

"It will let us know exactly where we are for this Mal Meninga Cup.

"They will have lot of Palm Beach Currumbin boys and be ready to go.

"Tweed are really the defending premiers still from 2019 so they are really strong in this age group."

Cyril Connell coach Jye Tuaiamau-Gadsdon will also be taking his Jets to face the Tweed in round one.

"We are pretty excited about the start of the season,'' Tuaiamau-Gadsdon said.

"We have trained really well the last two weeks.

"Saturday is all about us making sure we are doing the things right that we have been working on, so making our first contact in tackles, our defence has to be right because I think our attack will come naturally.

"I am expecting a clearance for our half Tyler Peckham-Harris and that will be his first game at this level and that's exciting for the Jets too."

Malone excited about All Stars clash

THE stars will be bright in the sky in Ipswich on Saturday and on the field when the Ipswich All Stars play the Indigenous All Stars at the North Ipswich Reserve.

There will be Jets among the stars too with Ricky Bird, Steve West, Lee Coghill, Billy McConnachie, Kurtis Lingwoodock and Brendon Marshall playing for the Indigenous side.

Nemani Velekapa, Zac Lemberg, Ramon Filipine and Huskie Teutau will be starring for the Ipswich All Stars.

There is no better sight at the Reserve than Ipswich Jet Donald Malone running rampant down the left-hand side and putting up that huge right arm fend.

Ipswich Jet Donald Malone. Picture: Jerad Williams
Ipswich Jet Donald Malone. Picture: Jerad Williams

"Duck" played 83 games for the Jets and scored 67 tries. He and kicked 70 goals for 408 points, which places him second for the most tries and fifth for most points for the Jets.

Malone brought people to Jets games like no one else can.

Named in the centres in the 20 years of Intrust Super Cup team in 2015, they will still be talking about Malone when they name the 50-year team.

Malone could score tries that most centres wouldn't even dream up in their sleep.

"I jumped at the chance to play, when Ian Lacey asked me I couldn't wait," Donald said.

"I can't wait to get back to Ipswich this week and play again.

"You might not see the fend anymore though I am not sure I can get it out quick enough anymore.''

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On who he can't wait to play with, Malone was sure that when the Indigenous All Stars attack one man will be pulling the strings.

"Ricky Bird, I can't wait to play with Ricky Bird,'' Malone said.

"His grandma and my mother are sisters so we are related.

"Lingwoodock, and Willie Tonga too. I am excited to play with them again.

"What a line-up."

Tonga is the other centre for the Indigenous All Stars.

Tonga played 181 NRL games for the Eels, Bulldogs and Cowboys.

When he wasn't tormenting clubs, he was causing heartache for the Blues in eight Origin games and 11 Test matches for Australia.

"I was unsure if I would play and when Ian Lacey asked I was trying to make up my mind," Tonga said.

"Then he said Ricky Bird was playing and I said yes straight away.

"He was my favourite player and to play with Bird will be tremendous.

"I am pretty fit. It's been a while since I played.

"Playing in Ipswich with my mates will be a real honour.

"I love the work that Ian Lacey has done around this concept and I think it will be great for the region."

Cooper's stat

ROUND 5 State League 1982: Souths 23 (Wayne Challis 2, Gary Thompson, Allan Power, Billy Johnstone tries; Mal Meninga four goals) def Ipswich 10 (Kevin Langer, Don Porter tries; Trever Wendt 2 goals).

Scrums: 10-8 Souths. Penalties: 15-10 Souths.

Best players: Ash Lumby (Souths) 3 votes, Brad Sully (Souths) 2 votes, Kelly O'Brien (Ipswich) 1 vote.