Ipswich moving in right direction
With three wins this season including a crucial victory last week against the Tweed Heads Seagulls, the Ipswich Jets seem to be moving in the right direction.
The Jets currently sit in fifth place on the FOGS Colts Challenge ladder and will be hoping to keep their spot ahead of this weekend’s game against last-placed Norths Devils on Sunday.
Ipswich coach Adam Boettcher said that the Jets were moving forward and were improving as the weeks have gone on.
“Now that we have moved into the top five, we will be looking to improve on that and definitely not go backwards,” he said.
“With the side that we have, we can definitely move into the top four.
“We are one of the best attacking teams in the competition and we need to maintain that.
“Just like our attack, our defence has improved as well. We are not the same team we were when we started.”
Many players from their Colts side – including fullback Brandon McGrady – have recently moved up into the Intrust Super Cup side; highlighting the competition’s role as a pathway for juniors.
‘It is fantastic for the club when kids in the Under 20s move up,” Boettcher said.
“We have had a number of players move up and that’s really what it is all about.
“The NRL is the next stepping stone and the Intrust Super Cup is a good pathway in-between.
“As a coach, you would like to have the same and best 17, but at the end of the day the kids have to be playing in the best level.
“It is an occasional thing and we cope with it pretty well. We have a good side here with plenty of level.”
Round 10 begins on Saturday with the Easts Tigers hosting Burleigh Bears and Sunshine Coast Falcons taking on Souths Logan Magpies.
Sunday will open with the Tweed Heads Seagulls hosting the Redcliffe Dolphins, finishing the round while the Toowoomba Clydesdales will play Wynnum Manly Seagulls in Pittsworth to conclude the round.