Giant-killing Jets on the rise
The Ipswich Jets have assumed the ‘giant-killing’ role in the FOGS Colts competition following three-straight wins over higher-ranked opponents.
After impressive victories over the Norths Devils and Sunshine Coast, the Jets landed another scalp when they beat the Souths Logan Magpies 36-26 at the North Ipswich Reserve last Saturday.
Winger Daniel Jennings was the chief destroyer on the wing with three tries, while fullback Wilson Bennet notched a double in front of the home crowd.
After a slow start to the season, Ipswich coach Brendon Lindsay says his squad now has the “belief” to step up and challenge the best teams in the competition.
Lindsay’s team will have a bye in Round 20, but will look to continue their strong form against the Easts Tigers on Sunday week.
Easts have yet to rediscover the form that led them to the 2013 premiership, with last week’s 32-14 loss to the Tweed Heads Seagulls effectively ruling them out of finals contention.
In last weekend’s other Colts matches, Redcliffe’s Keith Gadd raced in a hat-trick in the Dolphins’ 22-16 win over the Sunshine Coast Falcons and the Norths Devils pipped Wynnum Manly 24-22.
Burleigh Bears (33) and Redcliffe Dolphins (29) are in the box seat for the finals, but the remaining three spots are well and truly up for grabs with five teams in the mix.
Only two competition points separate third-placed Tweed from sixth-placed Norths Devils in what should be a fascinating finish to the regular season.
Two of the major contenders – Burleigh and Wynnum Manly – meet this Sunday at Pizzey Park.
In the FOGS Cup, Round 17 winners were the Ipswich Jets, Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Easts Tigers.
Ipswich continues to stalk the top four following their 44-16 win over Souths Logan, in which David Tahavalu and Pat McCallum each crossed twice.
Shea Moylan ran in two tries for Wynnum Manly in their tight 16-6 victory over competition leaders Redcliffe, while Easts scored five tries to three in their 28-18 win against the Norths Devils at Bishop Park.
This weekend will see just two fixtures, with Carina Tigers hosting the Ipswich Jets and the Easts Tigers playing the Redcliffe Dolphins at Langlands Park.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls are setting the pace in the race for the Spotless Services Club Championship.
Ipswich Jets have jumped from third to second following their impressive form in the FOGS competitions.