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Wins and a warning

Jorja Thomson, left, Sam Bambling, centre and Laini Freier after the pre-season win at Logan.

The figures are impressive: 12 goals, 6 points, 3 hat-tricks and 2 victories in Round 1 for Jets’ Women and Under 23s.

But they come with a warning ahead of the first NPLW home fixtures of the season at Wolter Park on Friday when Logan Lightning are the visitors.

“We made a great start, but mustn’t take anything for granted,” said Jets’ winger Jorja Thomson, one of six different scorers at Pride.

“We did beat Logan in pre-season, but a lot of work has been done in both teams since then.”

While Jets were beating Western Pride 6-3 (Under 23s) and 6-2 (Women) on Saturday, Logan went down 3-2 at home to Lions on Tuesday night.

However, the repeat of last season’s grand final saw Logan push the 2020 NPLW champions all the way with a number of chances cleared off the line.

Shoulder to shoulder - Jets Under 23s at Western Pride.

“The build-up to the (NPLW) season has all been really positive,” said Jorja, “I think we have gelled well on and off the pitch.

“There has been a lot of work on being able to trust each other and I think that paid off on Saturday.

"We have the makings of a good little side which I think can go all the way. But there’s a long way to go and a lot of work still needed.

“We saw how easily things can change on Saturday (3-0 became 3-2 in five minutes) .... but we fixed that in the second half.”

Despite just turning 17, Jorja brings experience to Jets’ young squad having played for Brisbane Roar, Queensland and Australia’s Junior Matildas at Under 16 level.

Jorja played in the Asia Women’s Championship qualifying tournament in the Kyrgyz Republic and was called up for the Under 17s a year later.

Jets Women’s Head Coach David da Silva was part of the national Under 16s coach team.

Jets’ Under 23s kick-off against Logan at 6.30pm, with the Women at 8.30pm. Canteen and bar will be open.

Close wencounter for Jets Under 23s during their opening round victory at Western Pride.

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