Jets take off in hunt for finals
TROY McCarthy is hoping his Bilambil Jets light their after- burners and produce a dominant performance against the Currumbin Eagles at Bilambil tomorrow afternoon in round 17 of the Gold Coast Rugby League.
The Jets have stumbled in the past couple of weeks, and although they remain in third spot on the Bycroft Cup ladder, they can ill-afford any further slip-ups against teams below them on the table.
Tomorrow afternoon, Bilambil will be not only out to avenge their early season loss to Currumbin but will be searching for the form that saw them beat both Southport and Tugun this year.
“When we played them (Currumbin) earlier in the year, we let in plenty of points and just didn't regroup defensively,” McCarthy said.
“We have to be able to do that now and start getting a roll on going with only two rounds before the finals.
“I will be looking at the entire team effort first before worrying about the scoreboard.
“We had an improved performance against Southport last week and need to build on that against Currumbin, who are a pretty handy side.”
Bilambil will have to do it without back-row ball player Peter Rolls, who will miss this week with a shoulder injury.
Into the side comes Andrew Miller, who McCarthy rates as being one of the best forwards in reserve grade.
“Andrew has been going well in the reserves and I'll be interested to see him in A grade,” McCarthy said.
“Regardless of our side, it will be about the mental approach to the game and getting over Currumbin.
“We can't look too far ahead, just concentrate on what we need to do both individually and as a team.”
It will be an emotional day at Bilambil, with both clubs playing for the inaugural Curtis Finn Memorial Shield.
Finn, whose sudden death earlier this year shocked both clubs, was a Bilambil junior who played for Currumbin in the senior ranks.
The day will be a fundraiser for his family and will see the match between both clubs hold special signi- ficance in years to come.
The action at the Bilambil Jets senior grounds kicks off with the under-19s at 11.45am, followed by the reserves at 1.15pm and the A grade at 3pm.
In other Gold Coast rugby league matches this weekend, Runaway Bay host Tugun, with plenty riding on this match for both sides.
Runaway Bay are locked in a battle for third with Bilambil, and a loss could see a Jets win edge the Tweed side ahead on the table.
Tugun are locked in a battle with Southport which could be decided by for-and-against percentages.
Burleigh hosts Southport at Pizzey Park, Parkwood are home to Ormeau and the Hinterland Storm are at home to Beaudesert.
In reserve grade and under-19s, South Tweed travels to Parkwood.