Ipswich Jets co-coaches Ben and Shane Walker on the side line.
Ipswich Jets co-coaches Ben and Shane Walker on the side line. Franca Tigani

'Melbourne Storm-style win record'

THE IPSWICH Jets have managed to do more with less in the eight seasons the Walker brothers have been at the helm - and chairman Steve Johnson saw enough from season 2018 to believe that trend will continue next year.

After winning the State Championship in 2015, the Jets narrowly missed finals in the subsequent two seasons before returning to September action this year.

As usually happens when a team reaches the top of the pile, the 2015 Jets squad was largely picked apart by NRL sides.

Johnson believes the Jets' ability to remain competitive following that period is testament to the "solid position” the club has managed to build for itself.

"After '15, we lost nine players but were able to bring other players through and still be competitive,” Johnson said.

"No disrespect to our players, but there's not much of our squad that other clubs try to steal from us. I think that speaks to how consistent we are as an Intrust Super Cup side.

"Everyone kinda forgets that in '16 and '17 we were just one win off the finals.”

A winning double over eventual competition premiers Redcliffe, as well as a backs-to-the-wall defeat of the Blackhawks in Townsville during week one of the finals proved the Jets' credentials, said Johnson.

"We were the only side during the year to beat Redcliffe twice,” he said.

"We went up to Townsville to play a virtual NRL side - we were about 4:1 with the bookmakers - and we dominated.

"I don't think any other side in the competition could have gone to Townsville and dominated like we did.”

Johnson lamented the heavy defeat to Easts the following week which ended the Ipswich side's season.

However with Ben and Shane Walker on the sideline, Johnson is confident the Jets can continue to build on their "Melbourne Storm-style winning record” and make amends in season 2019.