Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Jets Fly High after NRL State Championship Win

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Jets Fly High after NRL State Championship Win

Article excerpt

UNCONVENTIONAL coaching brothers Ben and Shane Walker gained some personal revenge and satisfaction as Ipswich completed a state championship double for Queensland with a tenacious 26-12 win over Newcastle at ANZ Stadium.

The Jets duplicated the performance by the Northern Pride which defeated Penrith 32-28 in last year's battle, which has become an annual fixture between the winners of the Queensland Cup and the NSW Cup.

The Walker brothers, who have an unorthodox, attack-at-all-costs game plan, were on the shortlist to take over the coaching reins of the Newcastle Knights before the club's board opted to go with former St George player and coach Nathan Brown.

Jets prop Rod Griffin (pictured), one of several contenders for man of the match, along with Manly-bound hooker Matt Parcell and captain Keiron Landers, scored a game-breaking second-half try as a reward for his tireless effort.

Landers then made a wonderful tackle to force a repeat set late in the game when the Jets were almost out on their feet. …

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