Jeff Stephenson

IT can be a big leap jumping from one sport to another, but Redland recruit Jamie Ivers is confident he’s flicked the right switch.

Jamie’s leap is a little more than transitioning between codes (he’s already marked that one off the list) it’s also making the jump from one strong competition to another that is perhaps one, maybe two grades higher.

The former Mayne product took some big steps the last two seasons and has impressed Bombers’ officials with his athleticism that could see him lock down the understudy role to Redland’s NEAFL Team of the Year ruckman Craig Malone.

He’s also a goalkicker which will provide the Bombers with an extra option in attack.

Now 21, Jamie is entering the crucial stage of development for a ruckman and with “Tiny” figuring in a mentoring role we can expect to see some significant improvement along with some prominent performances.

Jamie is under no illusions.

Yes, he understands he has some work to do to compete at the higher level.

“I’ve never been really serious about my football but to make it in the NEAFL I know that’s exactly what I have to be.

“I want to play at a higher level, and I want to make sure I do well.

“The last two years have been pretty good in my development and being with the boys and the club has already given me the confidence to get down to some serious footy.”

From ages 15 through to 18 Jamie was focused more on basketball than football.

He‘d played junior footy with the Everton Wolves, but as he started a substantial growth spurt – he’s now a formidable 200cms – the idea of shooting a few three-pointers and grabbing a rebound or 10, plus the occasional triple-double started taking control of his sporting energy.

Jamie was an integral part of the Brisbane Boys’ College first grade GPS team for three years and played with Brisbane Capitals.

It was after receiving an invite to join the Brisbane Lions’ Academy that he thought he might switch his allegiance back to the oval ball once again.

He only played one match with the Academy as the result of suffering a knee injury, but once that healed the bug had bitten and upon recovery, it was football that once again attracted his attention.

His volume of work with QAFA Club Mayne was such that when former Redland Senior Coach Chris David took the reins at the Tigers he was identified as a player of interest and approached during the offseason.

He’s now followed Chris across to the Bombers where the learning process is about to crank up a notch or five.

“I’ve loved every minute of the program,” Jamie said, particularly the assistance he’s been getting from “Tiny”.

“Tiny’s one of the best in the business. I’m trying to learn as much about the ruck craft as I possibly can from him – the use of the body, the positioning – that sort of thing.

“He’s been really great for my development – even at this early stage.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“That’s what it’s all about – meeting the challenge and then stepping up.”

 

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