Jets topple Bar Up before lightning stops play | Photos

AKW Jets have downed Bar Up Bullbars in an action-packed women’s Premier League contest cut short by mother nature.

AKW worked their way to a 6-4 lead before strong flashes of lightning signalled the premature end of the game with seven minutes still on the clock.

All men’s games were abandoned.

Wagga Touch Association policy dictates that play is paused for 20 mins for every flash of lightning.

When about four more flashes eventually followed the first, game day organisers opted to forgo the rest of the night’s play.

The decision was further justified when a heavy downpour arrived minutes later. 

But it was an entertaining night’s play while it lasted, with Jets livewire Vienna Randal scoring the opening try of the game in the early stages.

Ellen McIntyre was quick to hit back for Bar Up, before Randal was again in the thick of the action, setting up Sophie Crouch on the right wing to finish the job with a 10 metre run.

Rhiannon Podmore doubled AWK’s lead with a leisurely try in the right corner moments later, before Bullbars veteran Rachael Addison pulled the score back to 3-2.

Jets young gun Claudia Obst set up Bella McDermott on the very next possession and Sophie Crouch then extended the lead to 5-2 with an electrifying run down the middle.

Bar Up battled admirably and eventually trimmed the margin to two, but could not quite get the job done before the weather intervened.

Jets coach Kevin Salmon said his team had the unusual problem of having too many players for its own good.

“Girls who like to play together and tend to do good things together didn’t get to spend enough time playing with each other in the end,” he said.

“Getting those combinations that work best on the field for extended periods was the challenge for us.”

Despite sitting in second-place, Salmon said his side still had plenty to work on heading into the Christmas break.

“We’re bleeding too many tries at the moment so that’s something we need to work on,” he said.

“Our talk in defence has a long way to go, but if we can get that right we’ll be in good shape.

“We score plenty but we've got to defend better than we have been.”

In the other women’s game, Young Guns stunned Don Tuckwell’s Audio 4-2.

Gabby O’Connell led the try scoring for the young side, scoring on two occasions. 

Caitlin Kelley and Bree Frazier also found ways to get across the line. 


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