Jets bomb in Runaway Bay crunch clash
THE Bilambil Jets' hold on third spot in the Gold Coast Rugby League is under threat after they went down to Runaway Bay 36-10 at Bilambil yesterday.
The round 15 clash had been viewed as crucial by Jets' coach Troy McCarthy who is looking to build some momentum in the lead-up to the finals in four weeks time.
With both premiers Southport and joint leaders Tugun three wins clear of Bilambil, McCarthy knows his side had to lift their performances of late.
However, they found an enthusiastic Runaway Bay outfit too hard to handle.
“They came here today with their 'game face' on and we struggled to handle them,” McCarthy said yesterday.
“We seem to lose our way and then tried to regroup but things just went against us.
“We had Jason Klimis sent off for a tackle which went wrong and that proved to be too big a hurdle for us to overcome.
“Try as we might, we couldn't get our defence back in place and when we did have the ball, we couldn't penetrate their defence.”
The loss of Klimis could be a killer blow for Bilambil.
The Jets must now regroup and prepare for a tough game against Southport next week at Owen Park.
“We have just got to hung tough during this stage of the season when things are going against us,” McCarthy said.
“You just have to deal with these situations and while things might be hard, if we get through them we will be in a good position coming into the finals.”
McCarthy said Klimis up until the time he was sent form the field and Matt Lloyd were among his best players.
It was better news for Bilambil in the lower grades, beating Runaway Bay 42-20 in reserves.
In the under-19s they ran out 34-12 winners.
In other Gold Coast Bycroft Cup matches, Southport humiliated Beaudesert 80-4.
Hinterland accounted for Ormeau 46-14, Tugun smashed Parkwood 80-6 and Burleigh defeated Currumbin 28-14.
In the lower grades, South Tweed defeated Ormeau in reserve grade 40-20 and also won under-19s against Ormeau 90-6.