WISE WORDS: Australian head coach Mal Meninga shares his thoughts on the Jets.
WISE WORDS: Australian head coach Mal Meninga shares his thoughts on the Jets. Dave Howarth

Ipswich speedster faces threat from dangerous Magpie

THE Ipswich Jets are on a Magpie watch as they prepare to battle for a top six spot in Sunday's state league match at Davies Park.

The Jets are off to tackle Souths for the second time this season.

The Jets' record at Davies Park is impressive, having won 12 of 13 games there with their only loss (34-12) in 2010.

Overall the Jets have the Magpies covered. The Jets have won 24, with Souths- Logan Magpies 17 and one draw.

The Jets beat the Magpies 36-30 earlier this season with Richard Pandia and Luke Capewell scoring two tries each.

Souths are in sixth place on 22 points while the Jets are seventh on 18 points.

Souths have scored 385 points this year to the Jets' 364.

In defence, the Jets have been guilty of conceding 397 to Souths' 320.

Souths have scored 30 or more points five times this year.

The Jets and Magpies are coming off wins with the Magpies having beaten their old rivals Wynnum 22-16.

My Magpie to watch is fullback Jamayne Isaako. He is the team's leading points scorer this season with 134, through nine tries and 49 goals.

He will be dangerous bringing the ball back.

Wynnum scored three tries last week up the middle of Souths, taking advantage of lazy defenders.

Look out Wes Conlon.

Great support play

THE Jets did everything against the Seagulls that they didn't do against the Bears.

They ran hard and the Seagulls had no answer for Nemani steaming at them.

They kicked for outcomes, scoring two tries from kicks and they tackled with discipline having 18 sets in the first half compared to the Seagulls' 11.

I loved the Jets support play. Nem running inside for Dane Phillips in the first half, Wes Conlon chasing kicks and Michael Purcell sniffing around for a chance.

They're things the Jets do when they're at their best.


IT was great to see the Jets wearing their annual Indigenous jersey against Tweed last Saturday.

This weekend, both the Jets and Souths Logan will wear strips to celebrate NAIDOC week and 50 years since the 1967 referendum giving Indigenous Australians the right to vote and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.

Magic milestones

WITH the game wrapped up you may have heard Sam Martin's mum Anne get rather excited on Saturday when Sam scored.

Sam needed four points to reach his 100th for the Jets.

So in game 136 Sam became the fourth most capped player for the Jets and scored his 25th try for 100 points.

Wes Conlon's 20 points on Saturday with two tries and six goals took him to 108 points for the season and Wes brought up his 100 points for the season.

Who is Beare?

I WAS nervous enough about chatting to Mal Meninga about football but I became even more nervous when I didn't know who his toughest opponent was.

I was intrigued who Rodney Beare was and why he caused Mal so much trouble.

I had visions of a giant Ipswich coal miner unleashing hell on Meninga.

I know Beare is Jet # 3 and made his debut in 1982. But apart from that I don't know too much.

If you have any information on the man that Mal remembers so many years later then let me know.

Cooper's stat

THE Jets have scored 16 tries from kicks this season. This is 24% of their total tries.

A cold beer with . . .

If it was 1985 and you were heading to Davies Park to watch the Jets v Magpies one man would dominate the conversation in your XD Falcon. That man was the biggest Magpie of them all Mal Meninga. I offered Mal a Brisbane Bitter and we spoke Jets v Magpies.

Who was the toughest Jet opponent? Rodney Beare - always a tough opponent and I am still waiting to get him back.

You had some Jets at the Raiders like Gary Coyne and Kevin Walters and Alf with Kerrod Walters at Origin. Who was your favourite Jet to play with? I love the fact that if you're from Ipswich, you are always an Ipswich player regardless where your career takes you. Alf, the Walters brothers, Gary Coyne and many others are always happy to banter about Ipswich, its players, the old games and what a great place to live.

I love watching football at Davies Park. How did you go at the North Ipswich Reserve? It was a tough place to come to. There was a lot of parochialism. Ipswich definitely turned it on for you and very difficult place to play and that was before the game. Once on the field the same applied and we always knew it would be a physical encounter.

What do you think of the football the Jets play now in the ISC? I like the fact there is a willingness to do things differently. In 1984, Wayne Bennett introduced Souths to contract football invented by Duncan Thompson and it worked initially then opposition teams worked it out. I believe there is a place in the game for it but it needs to evolve to keep your players stimulated and opposition guessing.

You would have played against the Jets in the State League, what are your memories of those games? Souths was the BRL's unofficial police team so my memories are around being physical, aggressive, head ducking, pugilistic affairs intermingled with a game of rugby league. We loved it.