Magpies' nest holds no fears for Ipswich
DAVIES Park has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for the Ipswich Jets, having won 13 of their past 15 matches at the Souths Logan venue.
Which confuses coach Ben Walker, because he does not hold a high opinion of the Magpies' nest ahead of their Intrust Super Cup clash tomorrow.
"Is it? Well, we can't lose then,” Walker said after being informed of the stat.
"I didn't know (the record) was that good. It's not a good place to play - it's a horrible place.
"The dressing sheds were probably like that in the 70s, and the field is not in good nick.
"But if we're 13 from 15 we must enjoy playing there for some reason.”
Walker said the Jets are "not short of” confidence at the moment, after overcoming Norths Devils 32-25 at home last round.
And they will need to be at their best again tomorrow, against a third-placed Souths Logan outfit with a host of Broncos-listed players.
"Souths in particular are going well this year,” Walker said. "They'll be pretty high on confidence. (But) we're playing particularly well.
"When we are mentally on, we know we're as good as anyone else.”
In the Jets' favour, beyond the dominant away record to the Magpies, is the Ipswich side's propensity to lift their game against top opposition.
The green and white have already overcome the Blackhawks (2nd), Dolphins (4th), Devils (5th) and Northern Pride (7th) this season.
With a game against ladder-leaders Burleigh next weekend, Walker said it was encouraging the Jets were showing winning form against the teams they are likely to face come finals time.
"It shows that we're in pretty good shape really,” he said.
"If you're beating the better teams you're obviously going to be competitive around semi-final time, which is when you need to be the most competitive. Souths are one of those teams.”
A win tomorrow would lift the Jets equal on points with the Magpies, and solidify their position in the upper portion of the table.
Intrust Super Cup Rd 12: Tomorrow (3pm) - Ipswich Jets v Souths Logan Magpies at Davies Park, West End.