|Full name||Ipswich Jets Rugby League Football Club|
|Colours||Green, Gold, White|
|Ground||The Reserve Nth Ipswich|
|Coach||Ben Walker & Shane Walker|
|Runners-Up||1988, 1989, 2002, 2008|
|Wooden Spoons||2006 & 2010|
|Biggest win||vs Tweed Heads at briggs road 2008 62-10|
|Worst defeat||vs Wynnum at kougari oval 2004 68-20|
The Ipswich Jets are an Australian rugby league football club based in Ipswich, Queensland. Their name comes from nearby RAAF Base Amberley, one of the largest airbases in Australia. The Jets compete in the Queensland Cup competition. Originally in the 1980s their colours were green and white, but in recent years gold has been added to the combination.
Ipswich were one of the earliest teams to join the Queensland Rugby League after it was founded as the Queensland Amateur Rugby Football League in 1909. Ipswich even contested two of the QARFL's first three grand finals, winning the title in its first year in the competition in 1910. But a long absence from the competition started shortly thereafter, and Ipswich was not represented in Queensland's top league again until the mid-1980s.
From 1982 to 1985, an Ipswich representative team competed in the state wide comps. The following year, an Ipswich team was introduced to the Brisbane Rugby League premiership. They were coached in the 1980s by legendary Australian halfback Tommy Raudonikis. The team's most famous product was Allan Langer, who in 1987 was selected to play halfback for the Queensland State of Origin team while playing for the Jets in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership, even though he was not as yet playing in the New South Wales Rugby League's Winfield Cup which was, at that time, fast becoming the premier rugby league competition in the world.
Kerrod and Kevin Walters also played for the club with Langer in their early years. When all three played together for the Brisbane Broncos later, they were dubbed "the Ipswich connection". Kevin later returned to coach the Queensland Cup side in the mid-2000s before moving to Europe to coach in Super League. Their brother, Steve Walters, played originally for Booval Swifts in the Ipswich Rugby League.
The Jets reached the Grand Finals of the 1988 and 1989 Brisbane Rugby League premiership.
Ipswich continued playing in the Queensland Cup when it was founded in 1997. In the 2007 Queensland Cup, the Jets caused a surprise by upsetting many of their more fancied rivals and pressing for a semi-finals spot, when they had been predicted by most tipsters to finish last.
At the end of the 2008 Queensland Cup preliminary rounds, Ipswich finished four points clear at the top of the ladder, winning their first-ever Queensland Cup minor premiership. As Kevin Walters moved to Europe to pursue a career coaching in Super League, his assistant and former teammate at both the Canberra Raiders and the Broncos, Glenn Lazarus, was promoted to head coach.
The Jets have announced they will be part of a bid for a licence in an expanded National Rugby League. The bid promotes the benefits of having a third South-East Queensland club to boost TV ratings, attendances and promote the code in an NRL "heartland" area. David Gallop, NRL CEO, has previously stressed the importance of establishing an NRL side in the "Ipswich-Logan corridor".
Former Sydney Roosters CEO Brian Canavan has been hired as a consultant to bid chairman Steven Johnson to assist in developing the clubs feasibility study and business plan. It is intended for the club to include Ipswich, Toowoomba and Logan, a catchment area of currently 2.2 million people, 350,000 school children, 18,000 registered RL Juniors and huge projected population growth; Ipswich alone is projected to grow from 170,000 to 400,000 by 2030.
The bid proposes that the club build new training, administrative and possibly Leagues Club facilities at Springfield. This location has been selected as it is geographically roughly halfway between Ipswich and Logan, an area with the fastest growing population nationally, and the location of a train line extension due to be completed by 2013. They have received a guarantee from the State Government to build a new Stadium in Springfield, however the Jets would likely play out of Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane until the stadium is completed if granted an NRL licence.
Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith has been touted as a possible initial club captain. The current NRL clubs at the annual CEO's meeting in 2010 promoted Queensland and Western Australia as preferable expansion locations, however hesitated on 2013 being an ideal time to expand, preferring 2015.
List of Results
Brisbane Rugby League premiership (First Grade)
- 1986: 8th
- 1987: 6th
- 1988: Runners-up
- 1989: Runners-up
- 1990: 7th
- 1991: 6th
- 1992: 10th (last)
- 1993: Semi finalists
- 1994: Semi finalists
- 1995: 8th
- 1996: Eliminated in preliminary rounds
- 1997: 13th
- 1998: 13th
- 1999: 10th
- 2000: 6th
- 2001: 8th
- 2002: Runners-up
- 2003: Semi finalists
- 2004: 10th
- 2005: 9th
- 2006: 9th
- 2007: Semi finalists
- 2008: Runners-up
- 2009: 8th
- 2010: 12th
- 2011: 5th
- 2012: 5th
- 2013: 5th
|Name||Position||Junior Club||Birth date||World Cup Eligibility|
|Javarn WHITE||Fullback||5 July 1988|
|Brendon MARSHALL||Wing/Centre/Fullback||Mt Isa Brothers||25 May 1980|
|Donald Malone||Centre/Wing||Murgon||29 July 1985|
|Jarod McINALLY||Centre/Wing||21 May 1989|
|Jermaine ALBERTS||Centre/Wing||Mackay Norths||13 March 1984|
|Ian Lacey||Halfback/Hooker||Rockhampton Norths||25 November 1984|
|Keiron LANDER||Lock||Quilpie Magpies||29 May 1987|
|Nathenial NEALE||Second Row/Lock||Mt Albert (Auckland)||16 September 1988|
|Slade KING||Second Row/Lock||16 September 1988|
|Kurtis LINGWOODOCK||Second Row||Ipswich Swifts||1 November 1990|
|Sam MARTIN||Second Row||Ipswich Norths||8 May 1989|
|Tyson LOFIPO||Second/Front Row||Ipswich Brothers||4 April 1988|
|Rowan WINTERFIELD||Prop/Second Row||Blackbutt Timbertowners||11 July 1990|
|Max SEUMANUTAFA||Prop/Second Row||Goodna||3 August 1985|
|Michael FISHER||Hooker||Noosa Pirates||26 November 1988|
|Matt PARCELL||Utility||Fassifern||30 October 1992|
Allan Langer Medal
- 2007 Aaron Sweeney
- 2008 Aaron Sweeney
- 2009 Michael Ryan
- 2010 Jacob Ling
- 2011 Lorenzo Maafu
- 2012 Nathenial Neale
Walters Family Medal
The Walters Family Medal is the Jets' players' player of the year award and honours the famous Ipswich footballing family of brothers Brett,Steve, Andrew,Kerrod and Kevin, of which all but Steve played for the Jets.
- 2009 Ian Lacey
- 2010 Jacob Ling
- 2011 Ramon Filipine
- 2012 Rowan Winterfield
Dan Coburn Medal
The "Dan Coburn Medal", named after the Jets' greatest ever player Dan Coburn who over 13 seasons most as captain played 258 games for the Club, is the Jets' clubman of the year award.
- 2009 Matt Barradeen
- 2010 Peter Poppi
- 2011 Keiron Lander
- 2012 Michael Nunn
- "Sweeney wins Allan Langer Medal" article at qrl.com.au (22 September 2008)