Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Has Equal Hopes in New Enemy Territory; Blackhawks Testing Mission

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Has Equal Hopes in New Enemy Territory; Blackhawks Testing Mission

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A cold beer with . . .

It's madness that I hadn't enjoyed a beer with Billy "Madness" McConnachie so I sat down to remedy the situation.

Favourite team growing up? Brisbane Broncos.

If you ran the NRL what's the first thing you'd change? No need for rules, no acting, no crying, no making excuses, what happens on the field stays on the field.

If you could get tickets to any world sporting event what would you go to? I'd go to a Rodeo.

What other sport are you good at? Riding a motor bike.

Who would play you in Madness the movie? Bly Sauvro from Norths, she's always asking me for tips on what to do on a footy field or Milly Marshall because she's just as mad.

THE Ipswich Jets have never played the Blackhawks at their home ground, having met them four times at three different venues in Ipswich, Charters Towers and Lang Park.

The record is two wins each.

The Blackhawks' two biggest strengths are their size and experience. The Blackhawks will enter this weekend's game against the Jets with Matt Bowen and Glenn Hall that have both played over 200 NRL games.

The Blackhawks have proven this year they're a very clinical, professional side that strangle you with size and precision.

They rely on relentless forward momentum and then precise plays for their backs.

The Jets have had great success against the Blackhawks with a 50% win rate and starting well.

The Jets were winning 16-6 this season, 24-0 in Ipswich and 18-0 in Charters Towers last season.

Norths review

THE win over Norths came at a cost with Carlin Anderson breaking his jaw in two places and being operated on Sunday.

Nat Neale sustained a hip injury.

Neale is expected to play this week against Townsville and the Jets will need him. He is the Jets most effective defender having made 391 tackles in his 12 games with only 14 missed tackles.

It was great to see Jets' forwards charging through the line and finding space. Huskie Teutau and Sam Martin ran freely and made huge busts for the Jets.

The Jets were down to a two-man bench at half time but got the job done.

Jets entertainers

I WROTE a couple of weeks ago that if you get the chance to watch the Jets' BRL side, take it. …

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