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WANL 2022: Souwest Jets look to end season on a high in home-ground battle with West Coast Warriors

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Although they will be missing out on a second consecutive finals berth, the Souwest Jets will be looking to end their season on a high in front of a home crowd.

The Jets will be hosting their last match of their 2022 WANL campaign, going head-to-head with the West Coast Warriors at Eaton Recreation Centre on Saturday.

The match will cap off what has been a tumultuous season for the Jets, which has been affected by injuries and COVID-19.

The Jets sit in seventh position on the ladder with a 2-11 record and will be looking to stay away from the wooden spoon position, held by Peel Lightning.

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They will be looking to bounce back from a punishing weekend in Perth after falling short to both Southside Demons and Rangers in rounds 12 and 13 respectively.

Jets head coach Karly Guadagnin said the Jets were looking forward to the opportunity of playing in front of a home crowd and hopefully ending the season on a high.

“We’re really looking forward to the opportunity to match up really well against the Warriors like we did last time,” she said.

“The girls are feeling positive about past performance and going into the match-up in front of our people and playing some more consistent netball at the level we know we can play.

“We’ve had Sophie Eastaugh return from a national training camp with the AIS so hopefully she will be returning and hopefully Ingrid Moss will be available for us as well depending on her current pathway.

“We should be going into the game with 11 or 12 players, we’re just missing Jen Brown who is away with the Samoan national team.

“We’re definitely looking forward to giving the match a real crack this weekend.”

The Jets will have a tough opponent in the West Coast Warriors, who sit in second position on the ladder with an 11-2 record and a guaranteed date with the Western Roar in the major semifinal on July 22.

The Warriors have been an imposing force throughout the season, having recorded a 50-45 win over the Rangers in round 12 and a 57-44 win over Southside Demons in round 13.

The last time the Jets and the Warriors met was in round five back in May, where the Warriors managed to hold off a determined Jets outfit 50-48 at the Gold Netball Centre.

However, the Jets have managed to pull off an upset victory over the reigning premiers before, having defeated them last year.

The fixture will kick off with the 20-and-under teams going head-to-head from 4.45pm followed by the Open match from 6.30pm.

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