Game Preview Round 2


Ipswich Jets v Townsville Blackhawks at North Ipswich Reserve on Sunday, March 15 – 1.40pm

Ipswich Jets:1. Wes Conlon 2. Marmin Barba 3. Chris Walker 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Carlin Anderson 6. Josh Cleeland 7. Dane Phillips 8. Kurtis Lingwoodock 9. Matt Parcell 10. Rod Griffin 11. Sam Martin 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Keiron Lander (c) 14. Josh Seage 15. Troy O’Sullivan 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Liam Capewell 18. Fakahoko Teutau

Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker

Townsville Blackhawks:1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Zac Santo 3. Wayne Ulugia 4. Mosese Pangai 5. Kyle Feldt 6. Michael Parker-Walshe 7. Tom Humble 8. Ricky Thorby 9. Anthony Mitchell 10. Daniel Beasley (c) 11. Lorenzo Ma’afu 12. Rhyse Martin 13. Neville Costigan 14. Nathan Norford 15. Glenn Hall 16. Chris McLean 17. Corey Jensen

Coach: Kristian Woolf

This Sunday will be the first time the Luxury Paint Ipswich Jets and the Townsville Blackhawks have clashed in the Intrust Super Cup. The game also serves as the NAB Defence Force Appreciation Day with the Jets and Blackhawks wearing camouflage jerseys that celebrate the work that our defence force does in both communities. It will also be the live Channel Nine TV game with kick off scheduled for 1.40pm.

The competition new boys got off to a great start last week beating the Mackay Cutters 30-16 and in the process showed that they will be a formidable outfit in their first year.

The Blackhawks got away to a great start, scoring four tries in the first 30 minutes, with Jahrome Hughes grabbing a slice of history to become the club’s first try scorer.

The Blackhawks have an array of attacking options with Michael Parker-Walshe throwing short balls for rampaging forwards like Rhyse Martin. While Zac Santo and Kyle Feldt are both Cowboy aligned and are both excellent finishers.

The Jets will face a side brimming with NRL experience.

Wayne Ulugia, Mosese Pangai, Tom Humble, Ricky Thorby, Anthony Mitchell, Lorenzo Ma’afu and Neville Costigan all having played at various NRL clubs.

The Blackhawks played a very flat style in round one, often hitting the front man, exposing little gaps close to the line with big bodies in motion.

The Luxury Paint Ipswich Jets will be looking to overcome the disappointment of losing round 1 to Wynnum and get their year started against the Blackhawks. Having not won a round one game since 2010 the Jets find themselves in familiar territory.

The Jets created enough chances in the first half to be well ahead more than the actual 10-0 they found themselves with outside backs, Marmin Barba, Wes Conlon, Chris Walker and Nemani Valekapa all looking dangerous at different times and it was just the last part of execution that let them down.

The Jets will be looking to make sure they add that bit of polish to their attack this week.

The Jets overcame a huge 11-4 penalty count on Saturday which on a 35 degree day made them do a lot more defence than was desirable. In the end Wynnum finished over the top of the Jets and won right on full-time.

The Jets may be without the flying Marmin Barba who bought up his 200th Intrust Super Cup point in round 1. Barba was carried off the field with a knee injury.

The Jets will again have the use of Broncos’ player Daniel Vidot.