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Double boost for Jets

Sam Bambling goals for goal against Logan earlier this season.

Jets women could get a double boost tonight with Sam Bambling and Lanni McDougall back to face Souths at Wolter Park, 8.15pm.

Both missed the defeat by QAS 10 days ago, but are expected to make a welcome return for Round 16 against the side second on the NPLW ladder.

Jets are sitting in fifth, four points behind, but know points are crucial with the competition separating after 17 rounds.

The top seven will join QAS and continue in the NPLW. They will be joined by one to be promoted from the remaining group, at season’s end, for 2022.

Those in eighth place and below (minus QAS) will form a separate competition this season and the new FQPL next year.

Despite missing long-term absentees Ro Petersen, Laini Freier, Sharn Freier and Flo McIntyre, Sam is confident going into tonight's clash.

“We can beat anyone if we stick to our game, stick to what we are good at,” said the striker who has 15 goals in 13 games this season, after hitting 16 in 19 games at The Gap last year.

Sam Bambling set to return tonight.

“I thought we were definitely unlucky not to get something against QAS (when Jets had two penalty appeals turned down).

“It was very frustrating watching, I just wanted to get out there and help.”

The 18-year-old has been steadily increasing her workload and “progressing well” with her recovery after picking up an injury against Lions.

“This year has been amazing” she said. “I feel I’m getting better and better with every game.

“The coaching here is such a high level. I learned so much in the very first week here and I thought then, I know this is the club for me.”

Jets Under 23s are also in fifth place, one below visitors Souths, and looking to bounce back from successive defeats. Kicks off 6.15pm.

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