Bilambil’s Corey Blair will play this weekend.
Bilambil’s Corey Blair will play this weekend. Craig Sadler

Jets test changes

BILAMBIL Jets are a different team from the one that defeated Tugun Seahawks in the 2011 grand final.

Just how different will be tested this weekend, with the two teams clashing again in round four of the Bycroft Cup.

Jets coach Jim Lenihan said he had 10 different faces in the line-up from last year's grand final.

"This weekend will give us a good indication of where we are in the competition," Lenihan said.

"Tugun are the form side of the competition."

Lenihan said he put his players through a two-and-a-half-hour training session during to week to ensure they got the cobwebs out of their game after a bye last week.

"We have had two weeks off with a bye last week," he said yesterday.

Lenihan was keeping his cards close to his chest and refused to reveal which junior footballer would be stepping up to replace the injured Graham Smallwood.

Last time the two teams met in the Bycroft Cup was for the silverware, with Jets defeating the Seahawks 34-30.

In that game the Jets were trailing by four points at half-time before winning in extra time.

The victory continued to build a rivalry between the two clubs, making this the game of the round.

"If you think you have got Tugun then you are kidding yourself," Lenihan said.

"We will be watching out for the 13 players on the field. There are no specific areas that are stronger than others."

Lenihan said Tugun was good in defence and was quick to turn a defensive position into a solid attack.

Lenihan said the Jets could not afford a lapse in concentration during the 80 minutes.

Former Burleigh Bears Queensland Cup hooker Scott Smith has signed with Bilambil Jets and he will make his debut against Tugun.

Smith is a former Queensland Cup Qantas Player of the Year (2008). He has also represented the Queensland Residents.

In addition, Cory Blair will be returning from Queensland Cup duty with Tweed Heads Seagulls.

He has had two massive games for the Seagulls, with his quality defence not going unnoticed on Sunday's match of the round against Northern Pride.

The week prior he scored two tries against the Ipswich Jets.



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