Cup campaign lifts off for Jets
BILAMBIL Jets put the afterburners on in the final 10 minutes of their Bycroft Cup season opener with Hinterland to win 30-14.
Trailing 14-12 with 10 minutes to go, the Jets escaped with a hard-fought victory at Glennon Park.
Bilambil battled against a strong head wind in the first half and had gone to the break trailing 6-4.
The lead traded hands through the contest, but with 10 minutes to go the Jets were still two points in arrears.
Backrower Corey Blair was a standout for the Jets and when he scored from a scrum to put Bilambil ahead it rattled the Hinterland side.
The Jets sealed the win when winger Blake Broadwood stole an intercept and cruised over Hinterland’s line from close range.
Coach Jim Lenihan said the Jets were lucky to get away with the win.
“It was a close, tough game that could have gone either way late in the second half, but we had enough control to grind out a win,” he said.
“We had a lot of contributors and I was very happy with the effort.
“We have probably not had the best off season, with blokes having difficult work commitments, so we will take a win any time for the first game of the year and it shows there are some pretty good signs for what could happen for the rest of the year.”
Meanwhile, the Tweed Seagulls’ return to the Bycroft Cup wasn’t so successful.
Currumbin was too good for the Gulls and won 34-22 at Galleon Way.
Tweed coach Nathan Jordan said Currumbin out enthused his team and piled on too many points early. He was also ruing a display of poor ball handling by his side.
“We were too inconsistent, we dropped too much ball and were never really in the hunt,” Cross said.
The Seagulls scored first but Currumbin quickly got out to a healthy 18-4 lead, which it held until half-time.
The home side scored again early in the second half, but the Seagulls managed to cross the line late to add some respectability to the score line.
“They jumped out to a healthy lead early and we were chasing points, right behind the eight ball,” Cross said.
Cross said the season would be tough with the side expected to chop and change throughout the year as the impacts of the club’s Queensland Cup campaign impact.
“It is something we are going to have to learn to live with,” he said.
Five-eighth Cody Neilson, second rower Dean Murphy and front rower Ben Tuala were all impressive for the Seagulls.
In other results, Tugun beat Runaway Bay 34-32; Southport thrashed Ormeau 70-20.