Ipswich Jets v Northern Pride at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, July 29 – 3pm

Ipswich Jets

1. Wes Conlon 2. Michael Purcell 3. Marion Seve 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Richard Pandia 13. Ben White 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. Mitch Carpenter 9. Luke Capewell 10. Nat Neale 17. Josh Seage 12. Seb Pandia 22. Tyson Lofipo 6. Chris Ash 15. Lachlan Roe 16. Huskie Teatau 21. Jesse Roberts

Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker

Northern Pride

1. Matthew Musumeci 3. Gideon Gela-Mosby 4. Bradley Stephen 2. Shawn Bowen 5. Marcus Jensen 6. Jordan Biondi-Odo 7. Jared Allen 8. Sheldon Powe-Hobbs 9. Ryan Ghietti 10. Darryn Schonig 11. Tom Hancock 12. Graham Clark 13. Patrick Mago 14. Connor Jones 15. Colin Wilkie 16. Nathan Wales 17. Jack Brock 18. Keelan White 19. Aidan Day

Coach: Ty Williams


IPSWICH JETS 24 (Nat Neale 2, Richard Pandia, Sam Martin tries; Wes Conlon 4 goals) def NORTHERN PRIDE 10 (Kienan Grogran-Hayes, Jordan Biondi-Odo tries; Khan Ah-Wang goals) at Barlow Park.


Pride 11 Ipswich 9 Drawn 1.


The Pride travel to Ipswich having won their first game here in 2016 since they won in 2009.

Both the Jets and Pride are coming off wins. The Jets accounted for Townsville while the Pride recorded a win over Wynnum.

The Pride are now in 12th and can’t play finals football which makes them a more dangerous proposition. They’d love to end the Jets’ season too.

The Jets are still in 7th and still four points away from the Magpies after their win over Tweed.

The Jets have scored a massive 136 more points than the Pride and the Pride have the slight advantage in defence having allowed 24 less points than the Jets.

From eight games at the North Ipswich Reserve; six wins to Ipswich and 12 all draw in 2012.


The Pride have won their first game in nine weeks so will be confident they can end their season on a confident boosting high.

The Pride against Wynnum had 57% of the ball and the result reflected that fact. Wynnum made 84 more tackles than the Pride and just couldn’t hold them.

The Pride front rower is their major metre gainer. He made 145m against the Seagulls with one line break and two tackle breaks. He also made 16 tackles with only one missed.

Gideon Gela-Mosby is fast. He is in the Cowboys’ NRL squad and plays for the Pride while waiting for the call up. He was an NYC super star scoring 39 tries for the Cowboys in the 20’s in 2015. He ended up finishing his time in the 20’s with 55 tries from 43 games. Against Wynnum he scored a try and made 170 metres with nine tackle breaks.

Purcell v Gela-Mosby will not be a clash to miss.

The other big effort man for the Pride is Mago. He made great ground for the Pride with 187 metres from his 17 runs. He also had a line break assists and five tackle breaks.


Coming off a great win over the Blackhawks the Jets defended like champions. The Jets missed 28 tackles which is three below their season average.

Six players didn’t miss a tackle. In a stunning stat the Jets’ halves of Ben White and Dane Phillips made 40 tackles between the two of them and didn’t miss a single one.

The Jets only had nine ineffective tackles as opposed to the Blackhawks 35.

Shaun Nona stepped his way through a fragmented line of the Pride and showed they can be beaten when they don’t come up either side of the ruck. Seve’s inside runs might pay on Saturday.

Ogden later exposed the same lapse, guys just standing around doing not much. The Pride have won one from their last nine games so they’re not in great form at the moment. This is a real chance for the Jets.

The Jets will have to go further in 2017 without Sam Martin who has damaged his knee and won’t play again this season.

Wes Conlon will also be sitting down for a month with a knee injury.

Dane leads the Jets with try assists, he has nine this season. Dane had a great game against the Blackhawks not missing a tackle and having one try assist and one line break assist.

Dane was a bit more selective when he kicked and let Capewell do more kicking.

Tyson again was the Jets’ forward leader, it’s highly possible that Tyson is playing his best football ever. He made 209m for the Jets against the Blackhawks.

Six tackle breaks and one try. Tyson has 2237m this year from his 190 runs and a huge 833 post contact metres. He’s hard to put down.

Seve scored a great try against the Blackhawks and was a constant threat on the right hand side. His run back into the middle to score showed footwork and strength.

Seve from 13 games this year has 1460 metres and 35 tackle breaks.

Same as last week the Jets have to keep winning, no other possible outcome can be accepted. The Pride would love to win down here again and end the Jets’ season.