The Naracoorte Jets set out to retain their rugby league championship against the Warrnambool Raiders for a third consecutive year last Saturday.
Unfortunately it was not to be. It started promisingly with the Jets scoring early, but with a few vital players going off to injury after only 12 minutes, it became a see-saw match with the half time score at 16-16.
The second half was a hard-fought battle. The remaining Jets who were not injured had a big task on their hands, but with no reserves it was too much to hold out a strong Warrnambool Raiders side that ran in another 30 points to seal the win.
The Jets didn't give up and scored a consolation try in the last minutes, leaving the score 46-22.
The boys were gracious in defeat and the Jets congratulate the Raiders.
They would like to give a very special thanks to their volunteers, supporters and especially families for standing by them in the roller coaster season.
Players of the day were Dale Smith 3 points, Rawiri Nixon-Turner 2 points, Paulie Smith 1 point, while Dylan Oliver-Kake won the best and fairest for the league.
The Jets are already looking forward to getting ready for next year, and with a positive buzz around the club, they are hopeful of regaining the title.