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Jets claim first NAB League premiership in last-gasp thriller


THE WESTERN Jets have received this system’s first ever premiership – boys or women – with a surprising last-minute aim securing the 2022 NAB League Women title by six factors over the beforehand unbeaten Dandenong Stingrays, 7.5 (47) to five.11 (41).

Performed beneath lights on a balmy, clear evening at Avalon Airport Oval in Werribee, the Stingrays kicked the primary two targets of the sport by way of Jaide Anthony after which Amber Clarke, earlier than the Jets steadied by way of targets to Caitlin Sargent and Kristie-Lee Weston Turner to guide by some extent at quarter-time.

It was the Stingrays who stamped their authority on the match within the second quarter. Having received all 10 of their matches in season 2022 together with their semi-final win over Geelong, Dandenong confirmed why it has been so dominant this season by kicking 3.5 whereas conserving the Jets scoreless to enter half-time with a commanding 22-point lead, 5.7 (37) to 2.3 (15). Clarke, one of many stars of the competitors, had two targets and was behind many ahead forays.

However the Jets, who misplaced their first match of the season earlier than happening a nine-game profitable streak to progress to their first NAB League Women Grand Remaining, refused to lie down. In entrance an more and more vocal crowd favouring the Jets, they clawed their method again into the competition with two targets to none within the third quarter, however nonetheless confronted a 10-point deficit with a time period to play.

The final quarter was tense from the beginning. The Jets surged ahead early and Sargent kicked her second to slender the margin to 4 factors. Then, on the seven-minute mark a Tamara Henry aim put the Jets in entrance, 41-40, for the primary time since early within the second quarter.

A rushed behind to the Stingrays on the 10-minute mark levelled the scores at 41-apiece and the scoreboard didn’t change for the subsequent nine-and-a-half minutes as either side threw every thing on the contest in an enthralling battle.

Western Jets gamers have a good time their NAB League Grand Remaining win over Dandenong Stingrays on April 8, 2022. Image: AFL Images

In an exciting closing minute, a free kick to the Jets about 45 metres from aim noticed a protracted ball sail to the goalsquare. The ball was knocked to the bottom and a big pack shaped, with Krystal Russell rising with the Sherrin and from shut vary she put the Jets in entrance and sealed the premiership triumph. The siren sounded because the ball was again in the course of the bottom.

Regardless of being on the dropping crew, Clarke’s effective season continued by being awarded the best-on-ground medal with a game-high 28 possessions, two targets, 4 tackles and an enormous 9 inside 50s (subsequent highest on the bottom was 4).

Dandenong’s Amber Clarke receives the medal for finest on floor within the 2022 NAB League Grand Remaining. Image: AFL Images

She was properly supported by Olivia Robinson (21 disposals, 4 tackles) and Charlotte Blair (15 touches, 4 tackles). Emily Shepherd was harmful and completed with 15 disposals and 1.4.

For the triumphant Jets, captain Charlotte Baskaran performed a mighty recreation with 26 disposals and eight tackles, whereas Lou-Lou Discipline (21 touches, 4 tackles, 9 rebound 50s), Laura Elliott (20 possessions, 12 rebound 50s) and Montana Ham (18 touches) have been all vitally essential.

For the Western Jets program, it was their first ever premiership. The Jets boys have contested two Grand Finals – within the first two seasons of the state under-18 competitors in 1992 and ’93.

2022 NAB LEAGUE GIRLS GRAND FINAL
Friday 8 April 2022, 7:10pm

WESTERN JETS 2.3, 2.3, 4.5, 7.5 (47)
DANDENONG STINGRAYS 2.2, 5.7, 5.9, 5.11 (41)

Targets – Jets: Sargent 2, Grieves, Weston-Turner, Henry, Skenderis, Russell
Targets – Stingrays: Clarke 2, Anthony 2, Shepherd

Greatest-on-Floor Medal: Amber Clarke (Dandenong Stingrays)

Umpires: Discipline – Nathan Thorneycroft, Jackson Gillespie, Lachlan Coyne; Boundary – Kaitlin Barr, Harrison Bell; Purpose – Bridget Saftenberger, Connor Petrie

Performed at: Avalon Airport Oval, Werribee

Historical past of NAB League Women Grand Finals and Premiers:
2017: Calder Cannons def. Murray Bushrangers
2018: Geelong Falcons def. Northern Knights
2019: Northern Knights def. Calder Cannons
2020: No premiership awarded as a result of COVID-19 pandemic
2021: Oakleigh Chargers def. Geelong Falcons
2022: Western Jets def. Dandenong Stingrays



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