Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Jets Colt ,CyConnie' in NRL Club Tug of War PHANTOM CALL

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Jets Colt ,CyConnie' in NRL Club Tug of War PHANTOM CALL

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THE Ipswich Jets enormous colt Cornwell Pearson has several NRL clubs circling him.

The 19-year-old Torres Strait Islander product is training once a week with the Gold Coast Titans.

The QT understands the 115kg C[pounds sterling]ConnieC[yen], who has an excellent offload, may get a Toyota Cup run with the Titans late this year if his excellent form for the Jets holds.

But if the Titans do not sign him, there are two other NRL clubs who will pounce.

Roar returning?

WORD around the traps is that moves are well underway to lure A-League champions Queensland Roar back to Ipswich.

Last year's historic match between an Ipswich Invitational side and Roar attracted more than 3000 fans on a superb afternoon of entertainment at North Ipswich Reserve.

The well-behaved crowd was much bigger than what regular rugby league games attract at the ground.

While Roar won 5-0, the Ipswich boys showed plenty of ticker and were keen for a rematch.

Roar went on to beat other A-League teams by similar margins on their way to grand final glory.

July is a possible timeslot for this year's game, providing regional clubs can agree on scheduling.

Jets' success stories

THE glut of players from last year's Jets' colts team signed by the Brisbane Broncos are improving each week and should see regular Toyota Cup or Queensland Cup action in the back half of the year.

Winger James Furminger, centre David Faamita and prop Zac Lemberg were all signed by the Broncos after starring with the Jets under 20's last year. They have all seen limited Toyota Cup game time this season, mainly playing in the Redcliffe Dolphins colts' team.

Faamita is the standout and is training with the Dolphins Queensland Cup squad.

If the Broncos do not pick Faamita in their under 20's team soon expect the hard-running 20-year-old to get a start in the Queensland Cup.

Wolves circling

IT hasn't taken long for the wolves to form a disgruntled pack and start howling.

One Ipswich Rugby League head coach is already on the receiving end of a player coup trying to oust him.

Word is two senior players refused to play after half-time of their most recent match.

The coach has a successful record however, and the club last week said it was standing by him.

Since then however, a rumour has gained momentum claiming the club has approached a former assistant coach and captain to return and take over.

Flying decision

EVEN with access to a helicopter, Easts A-grade hockey co-captain Daniel Mantell would struggle to fulfil his usual roles this weekend.

Fresh from scoring five goals against Toowoomba club Rangeville last weekend, Mantell is lining up today for the Tigers against Norths Toowoomba. That game is at 5.30pm at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.

However, the Hancock Brothers A-grade women's team he coaches will be in Toowoomba, tackling Newtown in a 3. …

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