Duo team up to help Jets take-off in 2017

LIFT OFF: Andrew Preston and Mick Finch will coach the Nowra-Bomadery Jets women's league tag team in 2017. Photo: COURTNEY WARD
LIFT OFF: Andrew Preston and Mick Finch will coach the Nowra-Bomadery Jets women's league tag team in 2017. Photo: COURTNEY WARD

ANDREW Preston and Mick Finch have combined to coach the Nowra-Bomadery Jets women’s league tag in 2017 and are excited about the possibilities of their squad.

Both Preston and Finch love rugby league and have daughters that play footy – and thought getting involved with this team just made sense.

“I decided to get involved as I'm very passionate about rugby league and have been involved with it most of my life,” co-coach Preston said.

“I was approached by the senior girls towards the end of last season, and asked to help out with the coaching.

“From then on, they won six from seven games and I really enjoyed  it - so I decided to have another crack at it this year and invited Mick to help, as he has his two daughters moving up into the squad.

“I already coach the Bomaderry Swamprats junior girls league tag, and my end goal is to transition the junior girls up to the women's league once they're old enough, so they stay involved in the game.

“I have two daughters who play, so it gives me the chance to be be a part of their game.”

Finch, who is also involved with the Swamprats, believes there is no reason his team can go all the way this season.

“Andrew and I want to implement some solid structures this season, because it's important for each player to know their role and have faith in each others roles so as to work as a team,” co-coach Finch said.

Jets' Tracey Coe

Jets' Tracey Coe

“It’s also important that we compete more in every aspect of the game, as that will create more opportunities for us with the ball.

“Every team obviously wants to win the competition, so it’s imperative we are all on the same page to help achieve that.”

They are expected to have most of last year’s squad but along with the addition of some fresh faces stepping up from the juniors.

The Jets returned to the training paddock in the middle of January, ahead of the competition kick-off in early April.

“The first trial game is a knock-out competition at Young on March 4 and 5, which should be a good test to see where we are at,” Preston said.

“Following that, we have a trial match against the Stingrays of Shellharbour lined up for March 11.

“Until then, we will continue to work hard of our defence, fitness and ball work.”

The team is always looking for more players, so if you have turned 15, you are eligible to play for the Jets WLT in 2017.

For more information on the Jets WLT squad, contact co-coach Andrew Preston on 0448 212 543.