Good things come in threes for Nowra-Bomaderry

THE Nowra-Bomaderry Jets made it three wins on the trot on Sunday afternoon, defeating Albion Park-Oak Flats 36-18 at Nowra Showground. 

While the Jets were without star five-eighth Steve Brandon, it turns out his brothers can play a bit as well, with Mark bagging a hat-trick, while Keiran also scored a great individual try.

It was the visitors however who made first use of the ball, when Blake Jones scored inside the first 10 minutes on the back of a Jets error.

HARD HITTING: Nowra-Bomaderry Jets players Geoff Johnson and Mark Brandon wrap up Eagles centre Blake Jones during Sunday’s 36-win at Nowra Showground. Photo: PATRICK FAHY

HARD HITTING: Nowra-Bomaderry Jets players Geoff Johnson and Mark Brandon wrap up Eagles centre Blake Jones during Sunday’s 36-win at Nowra Showground. Photo: PATRICK FAHY

The Eagles took a 6-nil lead when Matt Carroll slotted the conversion, but it was to be their only moment of solace in the first half.

The Jets response was swift with a penalty giving them a repeat set and their first proper shot at scoring points.

Some good lead up play from back rower John Carey opened up the Eagles defence, before he offloaded to Geoff Johnson, who put Mark Brandon over in the corner for his first try.

The score remained at 6-4, when Kurt Quinlan was unable to hit a tricky conversion from the sideline.

Perhaps spurred on by sibling rivalry, Keiran Brandon soon got the chance to show his skills, scoring the Jets second try almost out of nothing.

A simple dummy from inside their 10 metre line was enough to see Brandon through the defensive line and he ran the better part of 100 metres, almost untouched to score their second under the posts.

The try made for a much easier conversion for Quinlan, who added the extras to make it 10-6.

The Jets extended their lead after 20 minutes when Ryan James crossed the line, only to be held up.

But he made sure he wasn’t denied twice, scoring an easy try after shortly after when an Albion Park player spilt the lollies from a Geoff Johnson bomb.

Mark Brandon then made it a double after 33 minutes, when he completely dazzled the Eagles defenders, with steps and dummies and then had the pace to run it in under the posts.

Another easy conversion from Quinlan made it 22-6 for the Jets and they carried the lead into the half-time break.

It looked like more of the same early in the second half, when Nathan Deaves crossed in the corner to take it to 26-6, before a bit of a lapse brought the Eagles back in the game.

The Eagles got their second try through Gary Breakspear and came within eight points when Blake Jones crossed for his second with 15 minutes remaining.

The visitors thought they had another with 10 minutes remaining after a well-placed grubber from Matt Carroll got them over the line, before being ruled a knock on.

But the Jets soon got some breathing space when Ryan James scored his second try in amusing circumstances.

Eagles fullback Tyrone Sibraa looked a cricketer in the outfield when he prepared to take the catch from a Geoff Johnson bomb, before James came in to steal his glory and plant it down for his second.

While the Eagles comeback train had already been derailed, the Jets put it beyond doubt when Mark Brandon completed his hat-trick with three minutes remaining.

Hat-trick hero Brandon, Geoff Johnson, John Carey and Nathan Deaves were all impressive for the Jets, while Dean Gray, Gary Breakspear and Matt Carroll did all they could for the visitors. 

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