THE Nowra-Bomaderry Jets will remain grounded until Saturday, April 5 for their South Coast Group 7 season opener after their round one clash with Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs was postponed.
The Jets had a memorable run home last season, winning four of their last five games, including a 36-34 upset against the Bulldogs in the final round.
Nowra will now have to wait until the game is rescheduled, or at the worst, round 10 to see if they can beat the Bulldogs in the 2014 season.
On a number of occasions the Jets looked like a team good enough to be playing finals footy in 2013, but their inconsistency earlier in the season saw them finish seventh.
Former Sydney Roosters player Ben Wellington has taken over from Nathan Deaves in the coaching role and he said the signs have been positive in the lead-up to the new season.
Wellington said the coaching role is something he just sort of fell into, but so far, so good.
“I haven’t hit any snags yet,” he laughed.
“There’s a good morale and relationship with the players and now that I’m getting older, I’m trying to lead by example,” he added.
The Jets pre-season has been going since before Christmas and Wellington has been happy with the numbers they have had.
They have had a couple of pre-season hit outs, with trials against Gerringong, where they had a close loss, while they defeated Gymea in their other game.
The Jets have maintained the majority of their players from last season, but have lost a key man in Sean Deaves, who is now playing in Sydney.
Two notable new faces are brothers Mark and Steve Brandon, who have switched codes after making their name for Shoalhaven in rugby union.
“They’re obviously from union backgrounds, but they’ve both played league in the Aboriginal knockouts for years,” Wellington said.
“I think they’re going to be exciting ones to watch, they’re always doing something with the ball,” he added.
The Jets are scheduled to play round two against Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles at the Nowra Showground on Saturday, April 5 at 6pm.