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WANL 2023: Souwest Jets fall short of landing victory in exciting match-up against Rangers

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Souwest Jets' Ella Eastaugh reaches for the ball under pressure.
Camera IconSouwest Jets' Ella Eastaugh reaches for the ball under pressure. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

An incredible third-quarter showing was not enough to clear a smooth victory landing for the Souwest Jets, as the Rangers bounced back from a disappointing round two loss with a 21-goal victory.

The Eaton Recreation Centre set the stage for what was a passionate clash between the Jets and the Rangers during round three of the 2023 WANL season on Sunday.

While the Jets had a relatively slow start in the midst of rapid-fire passing and shooting by the Rangers, starting shooter Kate Kimberley stepped up and made an impact, racking up a number of goals to keep the margin low early.

As Kimberley found her groove throughout the opening term, Jets defenders Brooke O’Connor and Jen Brown provided plenty of pressure on the Rangers.

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Rangers' Ashleigh Howart puts the pressure on Souwest Jets' Kate Kimberley.
Camera IconRangers' Ashleigh Howart puts the pressure on Souwest Jets' Kate Kimberley. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

Although the Rangers managed to pull away to lead 19-11 at quarter time, the best was yet to come for the Jets.

As the contest began to pick up pace during the second quarter, the Jets amped up the pressure across the court, forcing the Rangers to pass the ball around the goal circle.

While Marene Peyper made good movement on the court and Claire Pickerill put on a strong defensive showing against former teammate Georgia Pitt, the Rangers managed to extend their lead even further.

Souwest Jets' Claire Pickerill puts the pressure on Rangers' Georgia Pitt.
Camera IconSouwest Jets' Claire Pickerill puts the pressure on Rangers' Georgia Pitt. Credit: Carly Laden

Although Giselle Taylor came on to the court late and made an impact, the Rangers held strong and led 34-20 at half time.

The third quarter saw a rejuvenated Jets side take the court, with Peyper and Brooke Gibson looking solid as a shooting combination.

As the pair made goal after goal off feeds by Elycce Webb and Cassie Farquhar-Reid, excitement built around the Jets camp.

Strong defensive pressure from Brown and Pickerill helped the Jets continue inching their way towards a comeback, trailing by just eight goals to set up an intense final-quarter showdown.

Souwest Jets' Amy Donaldson.
Camera IconSouwest Jets' Amy Donaldson. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

Despite the Jets making a strong start in the fourth term, the Rangers fought back to put their foot down and secure the win, 61-40.

Meanwhile in the 20 and under competition, the Rangers defeated the Jets 57-41.

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