THE Nowra-Bomaderry Jets women’s league tag team will play for a third straight grand final birth this Sunday when they take on arch rivals Kiama at Michael Cronin Oval, Gerringong, after a gutsy come from behind win last week against Warilla.
Coming off the back of a scrappy win against Milton-Ulladulla last weekend, the Jets women entered the first week of the finals confident of a good result against Warilla at Warilla.
With the steady hands of Sian Silk and the quick feet of scoring machine Kimmy Ardler out due to injuries, the Jets were down to two reserves in the warm conditions.
The Jets started slowly letting Warilla score out wide to go behind 4-nil thanks to a missed conversion.
The first half was end to end with sides showing some flare out wide.
Both sides also had two disallowed tries.
The Jets’ ball handling errors started to make their life hard having to defend numerous sets.
Both sides went to the break with no change to the score.
The Jets came out in the second half with some simple fixes to get their game back on track and it did not take long for the Jets to put the pressure back on Warilla by attacking the line.
Some good defence led to good field position and a penalty 10 metres out.
From there Kel Watters’ quick tap and roll ball allowed Kel Grossetti to fire a quick pass to Talia Atfield, who stepped inside three defenders to score next to the posts to level the scores at 4-all.
Talia converted her try and the Jets led 6-4.
The Gorillas restarted full of steam with some aggressive ball running in an attempt to gain some field advantage, but the Jets’ defence held strong, with Kel Watters, Belinda Chittleborough, and Talia chasing and tagging from marker.
Some great ball running from Belinda, Ash McPherson and Megan “Mumma” McPherson put the Warilla defence under more pressure forcing some penalties and much needed metres up field.
But it was a charging penalty against the Warilla attack that handed the Jets possession 20 metres out.
The Jets took two settles and another quick pass from Kel G to Aroha Wini saw her evade four defenders to score her first try of the year, 20 metres left of the posts to take the Jets to a 10-4 lead with four minutes to go.
The Gorillas attempted one last raid on the Jets’ line, but the defence held out for a 10-4 win.
This Sunday the women will take on Kiama in the major semi-final to hopefully advance straight through to a home grand final.
The Jets and Knights girls have a fierce rivalry with both teams playing the last two grand finals, both into golden point extra-time.
With the Jets as the reigning premiers and the Knights 2013 minor premiers, the Knights will come out as favourites and full of flare in an attempt to secure the first grand final spot.
The Jets are up for the fight with their ability to defend desperately on their own line and the attacking ability to match the Knights.
The Jets girls will be looking forward to some vocal support Sunday morning, so all supporters get up to Gerringong and cheer on the girls.
Go the Jets!