PROUD: Ipswich Jets captain Keiron Lander and Townsville captain Dan Beasley holding the Defence Force Recruitment Shield, which both teams will be playing for tomorrow.
PROUD: Ipswich Jets captain Keiron Lander and Townsville captain Dan Beasley holding the Defence Force Recruitment Shield, which both teams will be playing for tomorrow. Contributed

Jets host NAB Defence Force Appreciation Day

THE Jets community ethos will be on display again tomorrow when the club hosts the NAB Defence Force Appreciation Day.

The Intrust Super Cup match of the round kicks off at 1.40pm against the Townsville Blackhawks and will be shown live on Channel Nine.

Following that will be the defence force game between the air force and the navy at 3.45pm.

That will be followed by a function where the Australian Defence Force's inter service rugby league team will be named.

"That side will take on the New Zealand Defence Force team prior to the Australia v New Zealand Test match (in May) I am told," Jets CEO Wayne Wendt said.

High-ranking ADF officials will be on hand tomorrow for the festivities.

"The motivation is all about showing the community and the region that the Jets are more than about football," Wendt said.

"We are about community involvement and engagement and creating happy, healthy lifestyles."

The Jets home games are now being called by leading Brisbane commentator Ben Dobbin of Triple M and the call is going to Valley FM (95.9), Brisbane youth radio station Switch AM (1197), USQ's Phoenix Radio and Redcliffe Community Radio (FM94.7)

He has expert commentary in the box from The Courier Mail's gun rugby league writer Peter Badel while the QT's own resident league expert Jay Buchan provided expert comments at last week's game.

Wendt has sent an email to other radio stations to determine their interest in the call.

"There has been a groundswell of interest," Wendt said.

Jets captain Keiron Lander said the defence force appreciation day showed once again that the Jets take a big picture view as a club.

"We represent the air force, the army and the Australian Defence Force and that is special," Lander said.

"Those guys leave their families and they have to do things that are tough at times.

"It is an appreciation for what they do."

The Jets have a disability awareness day, an indigenous appreciation day in NAIDOC Week and a pink day that doubles as a women in league round that raises funds for breast cancer and domestic violence sufferers.

There is also an old boys' day, which is the last home game of the year, and a Christmas in July day, which was called wheels for winter last year and was attended by motorcycle and car clubs. It raises funds for homelessness.

The Ulysses Motorcycle Club had 50 motorbikes on hand last year and Wendt said 100 were expected this year. They will ride to the club with blankets and warm clothes.

Lander said all the days had special meaning.

"Our indigenous day is for our past players, our past families … mums and dads," he said.

"The women's day is for the women in our lives who look after us when we have injuries or feed us.

"It is for our mums that put tireless effort into bringing their young men to football.

"Every one of our days represents the community.

"Rugby league probably should do more, and I think we can do more."

The Jets will clash with the Redcliffe Dolphins in colts at 10am tomorrow, followed by a showdown with the Gators in the BRL fixture at 11.45am.