South Coast Group 7 Batemans Bay Tigers v Nowra-Bomaderry JetsMackay Park, Sunday 2.45pm
IF the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets clash with the Batemans Bay Tigers is half as exciting as their game last Sunday, then the crowd will be in for a good show.
After trailing at half-time, the Jets managed to peg it back to 22-all with six minutes remaining, before the Gorillas made them pay for a missed penalty attempt by running the length of the field to score the match winner.
When asked if he would still try and take the two if he could have his time over again, Jets coach Nathan Deaves said he did not want too in the first place.
“Once I’m out there playing, I stop being a coach and let other people take over,” Deaves said.
“A lot of the boys wanted to and there were calls from the sideline, but I wanted to run the ball.
“I think even if we hadn’t scored, we would have kept them under pressure.”
While he was disappointed they fell just short of victory, Deaves said it was the most enjoyable game of football he has played in for a long time.
Deaves said he sees Warilla as a team that can win the competition and while they played well below their usual level, he was pleased they were able to push them all the way.
“We had a good chat in the sheds after the game and it’s funny, but it felt like we’d had a win,” he said.
“Everyone had their chins up.
“It was very character-building.”
Deaves said he thought Matt Rouen was one of their best, while Ben Wellington and Sean Deaves played good games, with controlled aggression.
With semi-finals no longer in their picture, the pressure is off for the Jets and Deaves said he just wants them to keep enjoying their football.
Playing Batemans Bay on their home turf is never easy, but Deaves said they are looking forward to the challenge.
“I didn’t get to play against them last time, but I’m hoping we’re in for another enjoyable game,” he said.
“The front rowers will play a big part, their captain Grant Roberts is one we’ll have to watch out for,” he added.
Deaves said he would have liked to have kept the same team from the Warilla game, but they have had to make some forced changes, with Geoff Johnson and Dan Mackie missing through injury.
Zac Kershaw was injured last week and might not be back, while Sean Deaves is also under an injury cloud.
Tim O’Connell made the step up into the starting side last week and has kept his spot in the run on, while some reserve graders are likely to get an opportunity.
They will be travelling down on a bus in the hope of building team morale to help get them over the line for a win.