Silverware fires jets' engines

THINGS are firing up down in the Bilambil Valley with the Jets under-17 side claiming the Premier Shield and the minor premiership in the Gold Coast Rugby League competition.

The Bilambil boys earnt the Shield with a gutsy 21-14 win over Burleigh - a performance which drew plenty of praise from coach Rod Sharp.

Not only were the boys down to one reserve, meaning the squad was reduced to 14 players, but they had to come from a 14-4 deficit at half time to power home over the fancied Burleigh side.

“The team is a collection of players, coming from three clubs - Bilambil, South Tweed and Seagulls - as well as a couple of other players outside the area, and it has been a challenge to get them all thinking in the same direction,” Sharp said.

“A lot of the boys have played rep footy together, but there was still a bit of segregation among the players at the start.

“Our success has come from a change in attitude among the players, working for each other and learning to be ready to play on game day.

“In the Premier Shield match, we had to improve on our on-field discipline, become more focused on the job at hand and step up in our defence.

“It all paid off really well with the boys not only piling on 17 points but holding Burleigh scoreless in the second half.”

Sharp said the team was working well as a unit, with all players contributing in each game.

“Our results have come from a total team effort and not just relying on any one player to shine,” Sharp said.

Now with one piece of silverware in their trophy cabinet, the Bilambil under-17s are looking forward to meeting Burleigh again, this time in the major semi-final this week at Nerang.

The winner of the match goes into the grand final.

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