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Jets set for a return to finals

The Northern Jets have almost certainly sealed a spot in this year’sfinals after a powerful winover CSU.
Nanjing Night Net

FORWARD ROLE: Justin Mesman kicked four goals in a best-on-ground effort for the Jets against CSU.

The Jets snuffed out any hint of an upset with a big first quarterat Peter Hastie Oval, holding the Bushpigs scoreless, on the way to a 16.14 (110) to 6.3 (39) win.

The 71-point win over one of the league’s big improvers is testament to the Jets’ own development, as they racked up a fifth win in six games.

They’re a game clear of Marrar, two wins ahead of sixth-placed Temora, who face a tough run home, and have opened up a 12 point break on the only other potential finalist,North Wagga.

But the Jets’ are yet to beat a top three side and their premiership credentials will be tested in the next fortnight against East Wagga-Kooringal and Coleambally.

However, co-coach Darren Jackson is happy with where they’re headed.

“It was probably the best we’ve played all year,” Jackson said.

“It was a real typical slog but to kick as well as we did and to win by 11 goals, it was very good.”

The versatileJustin Mesmanwas a standout finishing with four goals after a strong marking display playing forward,while Sam Fisher was strong in the middle and Declan O’Rourke controlled the game across half-back.

“The pleasing part about it is, we never had a passenger –there were 14 or 15 players who could’ve been in our best, and all the kids played well,” Jackson said.

“But we’ve got a class side (EWK) next week and you can get your sat on your backside pretty quick.”

The Jets haven’t made the finals since 2013.

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