THE Bilambil Jets will be partying long into the night after soaring high and obliterating minor premiers Southport 44-16 in an epic major semi-final clash at Owen Park yesterday.
“It was our best performance of the year,” veteran coach Troy McCarthy said.
“They're all very excited at the moment; I need to reel them in.”
A hard fought first half finished with Bilambil taking just an 18-10 lead into the sheds.
However whatever choice words McCarthy had for his troops at the break will go down as some of his best, as the Jets returned at their unstoppable best.
Like a team possessed they pounded the Southport defensive line inside and out, and it wasn't long until the Tigers could hold no more, opening the game up for Bilambil's outside backs to have a field day.
“We were buggered towards half time,” McCarthy said. “It was our defence at the back end of that half that won it for us.
“We regrouped at the break and got back to what we do best.
“It was a big effort from the boys; they deserve the week off.”
While Tim Mason's hat-trick was a notable highlight, it was Aaron Laycock's non-stop work around the park that earned him the Man of the Match award.
The result means Bilambil move directly into the grand final in a fortnight, while Southport face Tugun Seahawks, who edged out Runaway Bay 19-18 in extra time, at Owen Park next week for the remaining spot.
The Jets under-19s also booked their spot in the main event after accounting for Currumbin 30-28.
Currumbin now face South Tweed in next Sunday's preliminary final, after the Koalas downed Southport 28-24 in extra time.
Bilambil's reserve grade weren't quite so fortunate, knocked out 24-16 by Burleigh Heads.