Jets ready for premiership defence
THE Nowra-Bomaderry Jets women’s league tag will be looking to be the first WLT team to win back to back premierships, when they again take on the Kiama Knights in this year’s decider on Sunday at Nowra Showground.
It will be the third year in a row the two teams have fought it out for the title, with the honours of the last two grand finals being split and both going into golden point extra time.
The Jets will be going into Sunday’s grand final quietly confident after a gutsy win over the Knights a fortnight ago in the semi-final.
The Jets only have one omission for the match with Bec Stanley unavailable. Kiama will again go in as favourites due to their solid performances throughout the year.
But as the Jets have shown, they too, can attack with flair and defend as hard as the Knights.
Both sides will be out to attack each other’s defensive line; for the Jets it is a different blend of players from last year’s premiership and they will be looking for the established players to lead the way.
There are only seven players backing up from last year’s side, starting with fullback Ash McPherson, whose defensive abilities will be vital, as will her speed and skill to chime into the attacking plays.
Last year’s wingers Hayley Hobbs and Tina Dickson moved into the centres with Sian Silk and Belinda Holt, all able to match the Knights.
Halfback Talia Atfield and captain Belinda Chittleborough, along with Hobbs and Holt, are playing their third straight grand final and will be looking to steer the team around the ground with attack, and solid defensive efforts will be required from them both to shut down the Knights.
There are also some old heads this year with the return of 2011 players, Kelly Watters and Kelly Grossetti who are hungry for success after defeat two years ago.
Added to that the experienced Megan ‘Mum’ McPherson and Aroha Winikerei who have made the transition from touch football to move into the middle positions and have played an integral role in the Jets late season success.
The new players coming into the side display a mixture of experience and speed.
Denae Fiez brings plenty of oztag experience and her defence will be an advantage against the Knights wingers. Ruby Nicholson, Zoe Bryce, Karla Horlyck and Kimmy Ardler all have the speed out wide to break open the Knights defence and also shut down any wide plays.
With two solid gutsy wins in the finals so far over Warilla and the Knights, as well as knowing that Kiama are beatable, the Jets girls are fired up for the showdown. This Sunday’s grand final clash against Kiama will be another great encounter; the Knights will come out looking for revenge after last year’s loss when the Jets scored after the full time siren to level the scores and then kick a penalty goal in golden point extra time.
The Jets will also be out to prove to the doubters that they do deserve to be here again and can be the first WLT team to go back to back.
So get up to Nowra Showground at 9.30am Sunday and cheer on the Jets chicks and watch some great games of footy.