Jets at full throttle
TEAM JETS took a positive lead from Jersey Reds’ Championship team and, like their rugby counterparts on Friday night, blew their opposition away with a sensational opening-quarter performance at Fort Regent.
With themselves and opponents Kent County both desperately needing the win to build confidence for potential Premier League 3 relegation play-offs at the end of the season, this was always going to be a highly-competitive, full-blooded affair.
But a revitalised Jets outfit, bursting with youthful enthusiasm, blasted their rivals aside to lead 17-7 after the first 15 minutes. They also won the remaining three quarters against fully-committed and physical opponents, to finish 55-37 up.
The win – Jets' fourth in five games after a run of ten consecutive defeats – leaves them just one point adrift of Hertford Hornets and tantalisingly close to safety, although avoiding the end-of-season play-offs is still an uphill task.
The Islanders face already-promoted leaders Sussex Thunder next, while Hornets and fellow strugglers Billericay (ahead of Jets on goal average) meet on the final day for crucial league points.
Beaming Jets skipper Brown said: ‘I’m really proud of our young girls. We said before the start that we wanted to put on a good show and that, today, more than anything else was a real squad performance. Lots of different combinations and everything just seem to gel. I’m actually proud of every one of them.'
Full report in Monday's Final Whistle.
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