Jets take-off with 2014 Premiership
In front of a decent crowd at East Gambier Football Grounds, the Jets were quick on the scoreboard after some hard-running by Kyme Lewis that set-up Arlen Waihape for a try in the corner.
Dragons were quick to retaliate with strong tackles and good defensive efforts that saw no score for 10 minutes of play.
An injury to Dragons Jacob McCallum left the side with no subs, but this did not stop their attacking play as Rordan Walker picked the gap in Jet’s defence and scored. A successful conversion by captain Mitch June gave Dragons the lead 6-4.
Minutes later, Jets Basil Lewis intercepted a pass and sprinted 20 metres and brought the ball within 20 metres of their try-line. This play saw Jets Kyme Lewis involved in another scoring opportunity with an inside-ball setting up Tui Makoare for a try. A successful conversion by Steve Anderson made the score 10-6 Jets way with five minutes remaining.
In the dying minutes of the half, Dragons continued their offensive play with an offload from Rordan Walker sending in Dylan Gull to score. An unsuccessful conversion kept the scores locked at 10-all at halftime.
Jets came out attacking in the second half with Tony McCarthy scoring after an offload from Kyme Lewis in the opening mie nute of play. A successful conversion by Makoare gave Jets a 6-point lead.
Dragons would not lie down with another 20 metre dash by Rordan Walker setting up his side for a scoring opportunity. The Dragons persevered their try-line, but were unable to score through the Jets defensive wall.
In a great display of teamwork, a try-saving tackle out of touch by Dragons Evan Makin was not enough to prevent McCarthy from offloading to Basil Lewis who scored in the corner.
Soon after, Basil Lewis scored his second try after side-stepping Dragon’s defenders to cross the try-line. Another successful conversion by Makoare made the score 26-10 Jets way.
With 15 minutes remaining, both sides displayed good defence with strong tackles and impenetrable defensive lines. In a last attacking effort, Dragons Makin darted around Jets defenders and sprinted 25 metres, but the game and Premiership was won by the Jets by 16-points.
West End Man of the Match was Jets Kyme Lewis who played an attacking and defensive game and assisted in multiple scoring opportunities. Other standout players were Dragons Rordan Walker who scored one try, and Jets Basil Lewis who scored two tries.