THE Ipswich Jets have attained their Holy Grail after a 33 year wait.
In one of the bravest displays ever seen on a rugby league field the Jets defeated the Townsville Blackhawks 32-20 in the Intrust Super Cup grand final yesterday to win their first ever premiership.
For the entire second half the Jets were down to just 15 men with Kurt Capewell (ankle) and Josh Seage (concussion) out of the game.
But this is a band of brothers that bleeds green and white.
The players, to a man, dug into the deep well of courage and desire that permeates this Ipswich team to find a way to prevail.
The genius of Marmin Barba, Nemani Valekapa and Carlin Anderson came to the fore on the biggest stage.
The massive hits of man of the match Billy McConnachie shook Suncorp Stadium to its foundations while captain Keiron Lander led his side like Braveheart.
This was a victory for the ages.
In their fifth trip to a grand final since being founded in 1982 the Jets have done themselves, their club and their city proud.
Proud co-coach Shane Walker hailed his side's courage.
"They were so brave," Walker beamed.
"All the boys laid everything on the line.
"To man they were 10 to 15 kilos heavier and a squad of full-time players but it didn't matter.
"Like we said earlier in the week, there is no quit in our boys.
"Guys like Jim Landy have been at this club for so long and they know what we have gone through.
"To deliver here today is so special, not only for the club, but for Ipswich."
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