Spring is here and so is another season of rugby league in the South East.
The Naracoorte Jets are competing again and had a strong start to the season last weekend.
The opening ceremony was held by the Gudjitmara Bulls in Warrnambool on Saturday, and it was a fine spectacle of culture and good hard contact sport. It started with an Aboriginal smoke ceremony and a story telling performance by the kids. Then came the league.
The Warrnambool Raiders and the Horsham Panthers kicked off proceedings with the Raiders getting a narrow 24-18 win over Horsham.
The women's game was next. The Mount Gambier girls got up over the Gudjitmara Bulls, 22-18. There has been a lot of push in the last few years to get women playing rugby league so it's good to see a women's comp.
Enter the reigning champions, the Naracoorte Jets taking on their SA neighbours the Blue Lake Knights. With 10 players making their debut for the Jets it was uncertain how they were going to perform. But with true class they delivered a clinic of powerful attack and high pressure defence, 48-6 to the Jets.
The hosts, Gudjitmara Bulls, took on the new kids on the block North Warrnambool Warriors to close out the day. The Bulls won convincingly, 50-12.
This is where we would normally name the players of the day for the Jets, but coach Kyme Lewis said: "That was the best display of teamwork I have seen in years, so I can't pick only three. It was a team effort."
This week the Jets take on the Panthers at home in Horsham. If you are interested in playing, men and women, or just want to support, the Jets urge you to get behind them as they go for four straight championships this year.