Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Honours Its Heroes; Jets to Be Given the Keys to City Just like the Broncos of 1992

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Honours Its Heroes; Jets to Be Given the Keys to City Just like the Broncos of 1992

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Byline: Joel Gould and David Lems

IPSWICH never forgets its rugby league heroes.

Before, and after, the 1992 NSWRL grand final the city honoured its terrific trio of Kevvie, Kerrod and Alfie and their Broncos teammates who belted the Dragons to secure the club's first premiership.

And on Thursday night the Ipswich Jets will be honoured at Riverlink and given the keys to the city by Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale in a civic reception to recognise their maiden Intrust Super Cup title.

The champion Ipswich BRL premiership side will also be honoured.

Kerrod Walters, who won titles with the Broncos in 1992 and 1993 alongside his brother Kevin and good Ipswich buddy Allan Langer, still remembers the pride he felt in 1992 when Ipswich fans came out in force.

The city gave the trio a send-off before the grand final and afterwards they were paraded through the streets with the Broncos.

"I remember well the ticker tape parade and how Ipswich promoted it and got behind us," Walters said.

"After we'd won we were given the keys to the city. They are wonderful memories.

"We were all very proud to be playing at the Broncos and to acknowledge where we came from and where we played our junior footy.

"Alf and I played for the Jets in 1986 and 1987, and Kevvie just played in '86 before he went down to the Raiders.

"We all played in Ipswich's first year in the Brisbane competition in '86.

"When Alf and I and Kevvie came through and got to the senior age I was able to stay in Ipswich and play in the BRL comp.

"Two years later I was able to play with the Broncs.

"It was great that you were able to stay in your own region and play at the highest level of footy. It worked out really well."

Langer was one of the crowd favourites during the victory parade hosted by Ipswich.

Having worked his way as a junior with Norths into the Ipswich Jets and recruited by the Broncos, he enjoyed being among familiar faces in his home town as the cavalcade moved through the CBD. …

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