Bilambil Jets player No 14 Guy Lanstom.
Bilambil Jets player No 14 Guy Lanstom. John Gass

Tugun trumps Jets in nines

BILAMBIL Jets president, Peter Rigney, couldn't wipe the smile off his face despite the Jets succumbing to arch-rivals Tugun in the final of the annual Bilambil 9-a-side rugby league tournament at Bilambil Sport Ground yesterday.

Tugun Blue, one of two teams the club nominated, somewhat made amends for losing to the Jets in last year's Bycroft Cup grand-final by tossing their hosts 18-10 in an action-packed final.

Better news for Rigney and the club was that a big crowd of footy lovers turned up to witness the action which commenced at 10.25am with the first pool games and continued until the final whistle in the game that mattered and the following presentations around 5pm.

The rain stayed away until the crowd began to make their exits from the ground - ensuring a dry pitch which allowed all the speedsters to strut their stuff throughout the tournament.

Bilambil Jets, Southport Black and Cudgen Leagues as pool winners went through to the semi-finals alongside Tugun Blue which had the best percentages among the three pool runners-up.

Both Bilambil and Tugun Blue scored comprehensive wins in the semis - the Jets tossing Cudgen 28-10 and Tugun accounting for Southport 28-14.

Both those thrill-a-minute matches whet everyone's appetite for the final in which fans' footy expectations were sated by yet another hard-fought and exciting clash between two classy teams.

The game was up for grabs until the final minute when Tugun scored a converted try to end the Jets' recent dominance - they had beaten Tugun in their previous eight matches.



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