Capewell brothers a dynamic duo for Ipswich Jets

LYN Capewell used to babysit Jets co-coaches Shane and Ben Walker when they were youngsters. The Walkers and Capewells are close off the field, no doubt. But that family connection is not the reason why her sons Liam and Kurt Capewell are regulars in the Ipswich Jets side, which will take on the PNG Hunters in the Intrust Super Cup preliminary final in Wynnum on Sunday. Liam, 27, will line up in the centres on Sunday, a position that would have been filled by the injured Chris Walker if he was fit. Shane Walker told the QT Liam’s defensive clout will be a valuable asset against the robust PNG outfit. “Liam spent two years up in the Northern Territory as a stockman and if you watch his tackling style it is not dissimilar to flipping a few bulls,” Shane said. CLICK HERE FOR MORE IPSWICH NEWS “He really bulldogs them. He gets hold of them and really flips them. “He can play in the backs or forwards, like Kurt. “Liam did get signed by the Titans after a season playing up in the centres at Valleys in Toowoomba outside Ned Murphy, the best bush footballer in Queensland. “He scored a truckload of tries in the centres so playing there isn’t unfamiliar ground for him. “He played there last week and he did a great job. “He talks well and has great footy instincts. “Liam is a lovely fella and a country kid who was brought up really well by his parents. “He has a great training ethic and has really cleaned up his diet, particularly this year.” Kurt, who will play in the second-row on Sunday, has been in demand by elite league sides since leaving Ipswich Grammar School and the Walker brothers have always been fans of the 22-year-old’s play. “Kurt had an opportunity to go to the Broncos in his first year out of school but we convinced him to stay with the Jets,” Shane said. “Subsequently he had a year and a half at the Broncos and six months down at the Roosters and then he returned to us.” Shane would have all four Capewell brothers at the Jets if he could. “Sam Capewell is in our BRL side and the best of them, Jake, we couldn’t get down the mountain from Toowoomba,” Shane said. “He is a farrier up there and plays for Valleys.” Shane chuckles when he recalls how Lyn would babysit him and his brother 30 years ago when his father Garry was playing club footy in Brisbane. “She looked after mum and dad’s boys and now we are looking after her boys,” Shane said. “But that is not why they get picked each week. “They get picked because they do a great job.” Meanwhile Chris Walker is not likely to return to the field in 2015 due to an injured knee. “Chris is really shattered,” Shane said. “He was down on the sidelines on the weekend like a cat on a hot tin roof. “It is a disappointing for him, but he did a great job to get us to where we are.”