CIVIL war, rugby league style, has been declared.
It is the south versus the north.
The declaration was made yesterday at 9.46am in the offices of Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.
Cr Pisasale, the Ipswich Jets patron, made the proclamation of war on the Townsville Blackhawks, the Jets’ Intrust Super Cup grand final opponents on Sunday.
“This is the north versus the south,” Cr Pisasale said.
“This is like State of Origin. It is civil war…Townsville versus Ipswich. Two great defence cities.
“Now we will see who has got the best defence on Sunday.”
He also laid down the gauntlet to Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill with a personal challenge.
Cr Pisasale has told Cr Hill, through the QT, what the deal is.
“We will fly the Townsville flag in the Ipswich council building for a week if they win, but if we win she has to fly the Ipswich flag in Townsville,” he grinned.
“If we win she has to wear a Jets jersey to a council meeting. If they win I will wear a Blackhawk jersey to a council meeting by the end of the year.”
The QT has contacted Cr Hill for a response but we are yet to hear back.
Cr Pisasale said he would call in the heavy artillery if required.
“I’ve already spoken to the RAAF Base to give the Blackhawks a warning,” he grinned.
“We’ve got magnificent Super Hornets that will blow their helicopters to bits.”
On a more serious note, Cr Pisasale said the city of Ipswich would get behind the Jets who have qualified for the grand final by winning three sudden death finals on the trot.
“We want all businesses to put on displays and start getting the green and white out and showing their support,” Cr Pisasale said.
“The city will get behind the wonderful job that the Walker boys have done. This is all about showing support for the players whose blood, sweat and tears at training and on the field have done this city proud.
“With their style of play they have done our many generations of great footballers proud and put ‘football’ back into football.”
Cr Pisasale has arranged, in conjunction with councillors David Morrison and Andrew Antoniolli, for at least three buses for Ipswich fans to leave Jets Leagues Club on Sunday.
Fans are invited to a Jets supporters brunch from 10.30am where they can soak up the pre-game atmosphere before catching the bus to Suncorp Stadium from 1pm.
The Jets v Blackhawks grand final kicks off at 3.55pm and is set to be a blockbuster.
Ipswich beat the Blackhawks at North Ipswich Reserve earlier in the season but the Blackhawks squared the ledger in Townsville.
The winner of Sunday’s clash will play the NSW Cup champions at ANZ Stadium on NRL grand final day.
To book a bus seat on Sunday phone the Jets on 3202 1887.