Under 14s overcome Gundy in gutsy preliminary encounter
RUGBY LEAGUE: The MIT Jets/Gremlins under 14s travelled to Tenterfield last weekend to play Goondiwindi Maroon in the Warwick and District preliminary final, with the winner booking a grand final spot for this coming weekend at Clifton.
The Jets were keen to make up for the previous week's two-point loss against the Gundy Maroon and didn't disappoint.
They crossed early in the first few minutes with Harry Williams scoring a great runaway try and then, moments later, scoring his second try to give the Jets an early 10-0 lead.
Ky Rashleigh extended the lead with a successful conversion which gave the Jets a 16-0 lead after 15 minutes.
The Boars hit back and by the break the Jets held a narrow lead 22-10 in an exciting first half of football.
The second half started with Gundy crossing the line to score first and close the gap to six points, although another try to Harry Williams and one to Kye Rashleigh gave the Jets a 32-16 lead with four minutes to go.
In a thrilling finish to the game, the Boars scored two late tries to make the score 32-26 and have MIT Jets supporters on the edge of their seats.
The game ended with the MIT Jets/Gremlins in front by a single converted try and having secured a grand final place to meet Gundy Blue next weekend in Clifton.
Brock Patti kicked four of his six conversions in a great effort.
It's been an incredible season for the Jets/Gremlins side.
At the start of the season both sides couldn't field a team and now the combined team is a great chance of taking out the grand final in the eight-team competition.
Special thanks to the coach Peter Branigan and league safe/reporter Peter Patti.
We would like to encourage as many supporters as possible to make the journey to Platz Oval in Clifton this weekend, with the game starting at 10.45am.
MIT Jets/Gremlins player profiles
1 Ky Rashleigh - Tough is Ky's middle name. Works hard and is always involved.
2 Addan Peterson - Ever reliable on the wing. Real team man.
3 William Patterson - Plays on the wing. Safe as a bank.
4 Darcy Kirby - Most reliable Jet under the high ball. Great one on one tackler.
5 Jack McMeniman - His Speed and agility will be invaluable. Works hard every week.
6 Brock Patti - Jets captain and play maker. Runs hard and tackles even harder.
7 Dante Putzolu - What he lacks in size is made up by doggedness. Vital to the Jets play making in attack.
8 Dylan Meddings - Strong running and hard hitting. Always getting plenty of meters.
9 Caleb Braden - Plays any where. Every reliable and tough.
10 Harrison Williams - The jets will be looking for his strong running and defence. Real game changer.
11 John Lazzaroni - Ever improving forward. Will work hard all day.
12 Thame Soe - Strong running centre. Also great in defence.
13 Travis Murphy - Always consistent and reliable. Works hard in attack and defence.
15 Cameron Beningfield - Hard hitting defender. Will prove hard to get around.
19 Jacob Mudge - Hard hitting fast running centre. Another game changer when got the ball in his hands.
20 Zachary Holmes - Ever improving player. Most inspirational player for the Jets.