Star-studded opponents test for Jets
THE Ipswich Jets take on Souths-Logan this week at Davies Park in what is shaping as a classic battle between these two great clubs.
The Jets' record at Davies Park is impressive, having won 11 of 12 games there. Ipswich's only loss at the ground was 34-12 in 2010.
Both the Jets and Magpies are coming off wins - the Jets beat the Pride 24-10 with the Magpies defeating Mackay 42-24.
The Jets played the Magpies once last year at Davies, winning 28-20.
Overall, the record is Ipswich 23, Souths 17, with one draw.
This season, the Magpies are in fourth with 10 points.
The Jets are in 10th with four points.
The Magpies have a star-studded forward pack. Joe Ofahengaue, Travis Waddell, George Fai and Jaydn S'ua are all Broncos.
Ofahengaue has been called into the Broncos' line-up so he will be missing but the Jets will be without Billy McConnachie, who has done his ACL. He will be gone for the whole of 2017.
Magpies' elder statesmen Luke Archer offered a thought about the upcoming game against the Jets.
"I have played with Marion Seve, Dane Phillips and Wes Conlon so we are mates off the field,'' Archer said. "But Souths v Jets games are always fierce and tribal so no mates on the field."
The Jets enjoyed their third win in Cairns since 2008 last weekend.
The Jets started well and kept the momentum going.
Co-coach Ben Walker asked for more points and the Jets answered the call.
Best for the Jets was Sebastian Pandia with 31 tackles.
Nat Neale made 18 runs and scoring two tries with 181 metres gained.
SAM Martin needs eights points to reach 100 points for Jets.
Wes Conlon needs four games for 50.
Tyson Lofipo has seven games to reach 150 for Ipswich.
Nat Neale is 12 games short of 100.
Richard Pandia is closing on 50 games, with seven needed.
Remember that Jet?
NO one else has made the transition from playing for the Jets to administration like Jet number 326.
Craig Teevan finished playing at the Gold Coast in 1998.
He played one season for the Jets in 1999.
He then moved into the role of CEO for the Jets where he stayed until 2005.
Teevan said he had two highlights from his time at the Jets - making the 2002 grand final against Redcliffe and improving the club's financial situation and standing in the Ipswich community.
"The Jets had some problems with sponsors,'' he said. "I started cold calling companies and business around town and the Jets troubles were made clear to me.
"Improving that and making us financially viable were my goals as a CEO.
"Making the grand final in 2002 from where we came was sensational."
Teevan enjoyed his time at the Jets as a player and in his administration capacity.
He moved on when the burden of the job mixed with a young family became too much.
He is now involved with property development.
RICHARD Pandia had eight tackle breaks against Northern Pride.
That takes his season tally to 19 from five games.
A cold beer with . . .
I poured a pint of PNG's finest SP Lager and asked Richard Pandia about his brother Seb.
How much do you love playing with Sebastian? I like playing alongside my brother. I mean who wouldn't want to play with their brother. He's been playing well this year too.
Are you tougher than Sebastian? With his size, all the boys reckon he's tougher than me. But to me it doesn't really matter who's tougher, as long as we do our job on the field and off the field (training) that's what matters.
What is Sebastian pre game routine? He likes to do his morning stretches at home before we head over to the game. That's about it.
Does Sebastian get cranky after a loss? He does sometimes but he keeps it to himself, unless someone asks him about the game that we lost then he starts talking about it.
Who is Sebastian's favourite team mate? His favourite would be David Fa'alogo. But since Dave retired, it would be Nem or Huskie.