Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

MAX JETS BACK; Journeyman Promises to Repay Coaches for Faith

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

MAX JETS BACK; Journeyman Promises to Repay Coaches for Faith

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Byline: CHRIS GARRY

GAME DAY

Tonight (7.30pm): Ipswich Jets v Burleigh Bears at North Ipswich Reserve

Ipswich Jets: 1. Luke Capewell, 2. Ramon Filipine,

3. Donald Malone, 4. Jarrod McInally, 5. Esi Tonga,

6. Brendon Lindsay, 7. Todd Riggs, 8. Matt McPhee,

9. Michael Fisher, 10. Nathaniel Neale, 11. Jacob Ling,

12. Lorenzo Maafu, 13. Keiron Lander, 15. Slade King, 16. Sam Martin, 17. Taulago Fonoti,

18. Max Seumanutafa. Coaches: Ben Walker & Shane Walker.

Burleigh Bears: 1. Nick Parfitt, 2. Hayden Allsop, 3. Dominic Walsh, 4. Ayden Lee, 5. Joe Vickery, 6. Marty Mitchell,

7. Jamie Dowling, 8. Liam McDonald, 9. Riley Brown,

10. Brenton Lawrence, 11. Louis Fanene, 12. Jimmy Andersen, 13. Seb Davies, 14. Josh White, 15. Martin Griese, 16. Shaun Spring, 17. Matt Pow. Coach: Paul Bramley.

IN JUST five months Max Seumanutafa has gone from playing rugby union against C[pounds sterling]hard nutsC[yen] on boggy fields in Scotland to making his Queensland Cup debut for the Ipswich Jets.

It has been an odd football journey for Seumanutafa, who made his long awaited debut for the Jets off the bench in their painful 24-22 loss to the Easts Tigers last week.

The 25-year-old has been in and out of the Jets FOGS Cup team for several years while also playing for Goodna in the IRL.

He has always showed talent, but never quite realised it until this year.

Seumanutafa will come off the bench for the green brigade in the QCup again tonight when the Jets clash with the Burleigh Bears at North Ipswich Reserve.

The centre turned back rower said he was determined to repay the faith Jets coaches Ben and Shane Walker had shown in him.

C[pounds sterling]They've given me a great opportunity and I want to repay them by playing good footy,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]Now that I'm in the team I want to stay there.

C[pounds sterling]It's been a long time coming for me.

C[pounds sterling]I started the pre-season late, so I had to work twice as hard to get where I am.C[yen]

Earlier this year, Seumanutafa was playing the 15-man code in Scotland for Premier 2-3 rugby union club Dunfermline. …

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