Woolpack bounces back

Ben Hampstead put in a good effort for the Woolpack Jets on Friday night.

After mixed results in week one of the Tumut Pub 9s that yielded a win over Royal and a loss to Tumbarumba, Woolpack Jets demonstrated why they were the 2020 Roddy Shield champions, belting the Oriental Colts 20-nil and holding off a strong Commercial Sharks 16-8. 

The Jets now sit second on the Roddy Shield ladder, equal on points with Royal Devils and Batlow Tigers, but only trailing the Devils due to their point’s difference. 

In an attacking masterclass, Jets were sensational against Oriental, who had no answers for their one-two punch of mobile forwards, which were backed up by quick and elusive backs. 

Jeremy Sutton set the platform early with a telling run off the kick-off, while Tommy Jeffery and Jeremiah Freeman pounded the middle third of the field. 

Freeman was rewarded for his efforts, scoring a bonus try before Brayden Draber crossed later in the first half, and Jets led 9-nil at half time. 

In the second half, Woolpack ran away with the win, with Jeffery scoring a good try, while Draber crossed for his second to help the premiers to a 20-nil win. 

In their second game, Jets were behind early when Ethan Gilchrist intercepted a ball to put the Sharks ahead, but the Jets hit back with Jack Dean and Nick Webb scoring tries to get their side in front, 10-4. 

Draber would score his third try for the night to seal the win, and while Josh Webb would also score his third try for the night for the Sharks, Jets were too good, running out 16-8 victors. 

In polished performances in week two of the Tumut Pub 9s, captain/coach Tommy Jeffery was one of the hardest workers on the field, while Brayden Draber, Tom Hickson and Ben Hampstead all deserve mentions for their efforts.

Next week, the Woolpack Jets have a chance to showcase their worth when they take on the Batlow Tigers, who have taken the Tumut Pub 9s by storm with their strong Fijian influence.