Jets aren’t screaming, but the band is warming up

The InTrust Super Cup is on the main stage across Queensland and PNG and while the hometown Jets aren’t quite screaming, the band is warming into action. Jets CEO Jason Cubit spoke to Ipswich First ahead of round seven action against the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

What are you most proud of so far this season?

We’ve shown we can beat some of the best teams in the competition. Obviously last week against the Cutters was disappointing but we’ve beaten the Blackhawks and the Tigers and they’re two of the benchmarks in our competition year in, year out. As I said, last week wasn’t great and the Capras have beaten us as well, but that’s the nature of the (InTrust Super Cup). It’s a bit like the NRL in that respect – any team can win on any given day and it’s a really even comp. It’s good for the game.

What areas do you need to work on?

We’ve got quite a few new members of the playing squad so the early part of the season is about coming together and finding combinations. We’ve got three wins and three losses so you can’t really complain about how the boys are working together. I think those combinations will only improve over the next few weeks and I really do feel like we can give the competition a good shake as the season progresses.

Which rival teams have surprised you?

The competition is just so even it’s hard to say, but you look at a team like Norths with five wins and one loss and they’re playing really well. They’re on top of the table for a reason and they’ll be a good test when we come up against them.

What are your thoughts on Marmin Barba’s return?

Having Marmin back is exciting not just for our players and the club but for fans of the Jets and the competition in general. He’s just one of those players who put people on the edge of their seats every time he touches the ball. He’s picked up another little injury and he’s close to playing this weekend. If we don’t see him this weekend he’ll definitely be in Jets colours again when we play the Redcliffe Dolphins at home on Saturday, 28 April.

What are your organisational goals for 2018?

For us it’s about continuing to build strong links with the community, engaging with local groups and hosting celebrations like the Afternoon of Indulgence, raising money for the Ipswich Domestic Violence Action Centre on 19 May, and Harmony Day round against the PNG Hunters on 16 June. These are important events and I’m sure they will be well supported as always.

Fly high with the Jets in 2018.

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