The Northern Knights suffered a fourth straight defeat at RAMS Arena, falling to the Western Jets by 16 points on Saturday afternoon.
Helping to seal the Jets’ victory over the Knights were Cameron Rayner and Connor Thar, who managed to kick the only two goals in the final term.
After what was predicted to be a wet and miserable day, the Knights played in virtually even conditions in the first quarter with the Jets taking a slender five point lead at the first change.
As the rain poured down in the second quarter with a gale blowing North, Western took full advantage of the treacherous conditions and converted effectively to take a 20-point lead into the main break.
The Knights kicked three goals to nought in the third term to make the game interesting heading into the last term, before the Jets ran away in the end.
Coach Justin Wenke commented of the turn out that it’s been tough for the boys that they continue to fall short of their opposition
“We just can’t seem to get these wins at the moment, we’ve lost by nine, six and now sixteen points in very winnable games. It was a very disappointing day” Wenke said.
Again, we failed to convert when we had the chance to put a lead on the scoreboard which was really unfortunate.”
Alex Federico, Matt Harman and Ben Wiggins were three of several players who stepped up on the tough day.
“Fedda was exceptional, he kept us in the game really and Harmo’s work rate was really good and he continues to get better and better. I thought Ben played a great defensive game and showed some really good signs.”
The Knights still sit seventh on the ladder, but with teams closing in fast with two games to go in the season the pressure is mounting. This week the Knights head to Wangaratta to play the Murray Bushrangers.
“Our destiny is still in our hands and it’s up to us to take advantage of that, but it’s also just time to enjoy our last few weeks together as a club.”
Western Jets: 3.1 7.6 7.9 9.12 (66)
Northern Knights 2.2 4.4 7.6 7.8 (50)
Western Jets: D. Cassar 4, L. Fogarty 2, C. Rayner 2, C. Thar
Northern Knights: J. Shea 2, M. Harman, M. Andrews, C. Farchione, E. Penrith, S. Binion
Western Jets: L. Fogarty, C. Rayner, L. Hitch, Z. Butters, N. Stuhldreier, D. Cassar
Northern Knights: A. Federico, B. Wiggins, M. Harman, N. Coffield, M. Lentini, L. Perry