Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

BISHOP HAS FAITH; Ipswich Co-Coach Believes Jets Havemindset to Causegrand Final Upset

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

BISHOP HAS FAITH; Ipswich Co-Coach Believes Jets Havemindset to Causegrand Final Upset

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

IPSWICH Jets co-coach Mark Bishop feels more nervous for his players than himself as he prepares for tomorrow's FOGS Cup grand final at the North Ipswich Reserve.

"I want them to play well and really showcase what they've got," Bishop said.

Having mentored the Jets colts for three years before joining co-coach Todd Brown, Bishop has faith his improving side can deliver the club's first grand final title.

"I know what they can do, these young blokes coming through," Bishop said.

"I just hope they get out there and put on a good performance and do themselves proud."

The Jets play Easts at 1.50pm tomorrow.

A number of the players have come up with motivational slogans like "100% never quit", "you will never beat me" and "faith, focus, finish".

Bishop is pleased to see his players prepare in that way, writing messages on their arm and showing their improved mindset.

"You do everything you can to get the best performance and if that helps, so be it," he said.

"Their attitude has improved probably 10-fold the last six or seven weeks.

"We're not worrying about what they (Easts) are going to throw at us or whose playing.

"If we play to our full potential, the results will look after themselves."

Heading into the grand final, the Jets are monitoring captain/five eight Kevin Bell (back) and backrower Slade King (foot).

Both were tested at Thursday night training and proved to medical staff they were every chance of playing tomorrow.

Bishop hopes Bell and King can take their place to share in the team's grand final experience.

"At this stage, it's all good," the Raceview-based courier said.

"They (Bell and King) had to be full stick last night to give themselves a bit of confidence and give us a bit of confidence.

"It is a big day for them so you want to give them as much chance as you can to play. …

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