Rival's blueprint key to Jets' new venture
THE Ipswich Jets have followed the lead of an Intrust Super Cup rival and purchased a Touch Rugby League franchise.
Jets CEO Jason Cubit met with TRL CEO Tom Longworth and GM Mason Part to finalise the deal to purchase the rights to TRL Ipswich.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls branched out in 2014 to help boost the club's brand and revenue in the Redland Bay area.
Cubit said after "in depth” discussions with Wynnum, the Ipswich club had decided to follow that blueprint.
"We'd love to get to the level that they have, in terms of the number of teams they have there and it turning a really good profit,” Cubit said.
Cubit hopes the Jets' expansion into the TRL market will help "bring participants back into the game”.
"It's really a game for everyone; kids as well,” he said.
"It will bring new people into our club that would never be there otherwise.
"Hopefully we can really grow it out this way. It's a great way for people to still be part of our game on a recreational level.”
Far from taking players away from the traditional game, Cubit said a TRL competition run under the Jets' banner had the potential to act as a talent identification pool for future Queensland Cup players.
"If there's any team that I guess the TRL game suits (it's the Jets),” he said.
"In terms of what Ben and Shane like to do with our attack, who knows, we might see some players come through the TRL pathway and into the Jets squad.”
Longworth echoed Cubit's sentiments.
"If you're looking for a social sport that embodies the rules of rugby league, you can't got past TRL,” the sport's founder said.
"A lot of our rep players, especially in the women's game, also play rugby league. Ali Brigginshaw plays in Ipswich, Amelia Kuk plays in South Brisbane.
"We see ourselves as a pathway. But in saying that, a lot of people aren't built to play rugby league.
"TRL is a great avenue to playing footy without the contact element.”
The TRL Ipswich competition is in the midst of its winter season.
You can still sign up to play by going to: www.tripswich.com.au.