Ipswich Jets proves a riddle few can solve


THE Jets showed both why they are being written off as genuine title threats in some quarters while remaining a team no-one wants to face during finals.

It seems the Jets can’t even decide how good they are.

Jets winger Brandon McGrady and prop Josh Seage combined for the final try of the match, scored with about five seconds on the clock remaining.

McGrady (pictured) described the performance as a 10 out of 10, while Seage called it “a bit ordinary”.

McGrady’s reasoning was that the Jets had got the job done and that was all that mattered.

“We’re looking pretty good coming into finals,” he said.

“It’s important we keep doing what we’re doing and don’t change anything.”

The first-season Jet admits a starting spot in Queensland Cup finals has come sooner than expected.

“It was probably being in the right place at the right time,” the Goondiwindi product said.

His try came following a cross field hail-Mary kick from Seage, which came off in the dying seconds.

The 20m kick went straight across field into the arms of second rower Sam Martin, who fed it to McGrady on the wing.

Seage joked it was a rehearsed move, but he showed great presence of mind to realise there were numbers wide to the right and find the best way to get the ball there.

Seage just hopes the Jets get a dry track for this weekend’s semi-final, conceding the wet weather caused them problems.

Unlike McGrady, Seage believes the Jets might have to play a bit more conservatively if they get another wet track.

“Our completion rate was poor in the rain,” Seage said.

“But our defence was strong.

“We don’t need to change too much next week.

“Hopefully it’s not raining.

“If it is maybe we have to pick better times to throw the ball.”


Ipswich Jets 34 (Carlin Anderson, Marmin Barba, Brandon McGrady, Dane Phillips, Matt Parcell, Richard Pandia tries; Carlin Anderson 5 goals) def Sunshine Coast 16 ( Rowan Klein, Young Tonumaipea, Jacob Samoa tries; Ryan Hansen 2 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.

Ladder: 1 TOWNSVILLE 43, 2 PNG 42, 3 IPSWICH JETS 36, 4 WYNNUM MANLY 36, 5 EASTS 32, 6 NORTHERN PRIDE 32; Redcliffe 25, Mackay 25, Burleigh 24, Tweed Heads 23, Souths Logan 19, Sunshine Coast 19, Norths 16, CQ 6.