Marmin Barba in full flight.
Photo: Scott Powick SMP Images
The road trip to the Tweed was dominated by a juke box that was playing all the records that the Jets want to hear in 2015.
The Jets travelled home ‘listening’ to their biggest win over the Tweed at the Tweed and their second ever win at Tweed which moved the Jets into third spot. It was also Sam Martin’s 100th game (only the 11th Jet to do it in their history).
Marmin Barba must be close to the lead singer taking requests from the crowd with his 26th try for the season. It’s Barba’s third hat-trick this year following up seven doubles and three lonely singles in the front row of the Barba concert.
The Jets were looking to get back to winning ways after two losses, with plenty of people starting to question the Jets’ worth in 2015.
The Tweed Seagulls scored the first try through Jai Ingram; after Carlin Anderson had got Ipswich on the board with a penalty goal.
At 6-2 the Seagulls were happy to play some football and take it to the visitors. The Tweed busted the Jets’ defence but they were called back for a forward pass.
Ten minutes in the Tweed side looked far from a team that were out of finals contention in 2015.
The Jets approached the Tweed try line and moving side to side they asked questions of the Seagulls’ defence. It wasn’t the side to side movement that worked; it was Richard Pandia crashing and bashing his way over to score his second Intrust Super Cup try.
Pandia had the ear phones in and was humming along to his own tune when he got through again and scored to take the Jets out to 12-6.
It was 15 minutes to the break when Carlin Anderson and Barba combined to play a riff that Jets’ fans love hearing. Anderson scooped the ball up and linked with Barba who found space to run and run and run.
At half time it was Jets 20-6.
Marmin was rocking hard when he crossed in the corner for his second try in the 50th minute and a lead of 24-6.
Brendon McGrady scored his 12th try for the season and took the Jets out to 30-6. The try came at a cost with centre Nemani Valekapa limping due to an ankle injury.
With 10 minutes to go, that man Barba scored to take the final score to 34-12 after Shaun Carney scored for Tweed.
This week the Jets will take on the Sunshine Coast on Jets’ Old Boys day while the Tweed will play the Norths Devils.
IPSWICH JETS 34 (Marmin Barba 3, Richard Pandia 2, Brandon McGrady tries; Carlin Anderson 5 goals) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 12 (Shaun Carney, Jai Ingram tries; Jamal Fogarty 2 goals) at Piggabeens Sports.
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Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1. Ali Grant 2. Nathanael Barnes 3. James Wood (c) 4. Shaun Carney 5. Leva Li 6. Jamal Fogarty 7. Sam Foster 8. Will Bugden 9. Sam Meskell 18. Matt Robinson 11. Jai Ingram 12. Blake Anderson 13. Sam Saville 14. Ricardo Parata 15. Shane Gillham 16. Dane Clarke 17. Anthony Colman
Ipswich Jets: 1. Carlin Anderson 2. Marmin Barba 22. Sam Martin 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Brandon McGrady 6. Josh Cleeland 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. Josh Seage 9. Matt Parcell 10. Rod Griffin 11. Fakahoko Teutau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Richard Pandia 14. Landon Hayes 18. Keiron Lander 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Liam Capewell