Match Reports: Round 1 vs Ringwood
The sun was out, the HE oval looked a treat – a perfect day for the start of the season. There had been plenty of activity during the off season, and the boys were primed and ready to face neighbourhood rivals Ringwood in what proved to be a close match. It was also round 1 for the Parker Family Cup, which was currently residing at Jubliee Park. It was great to see five of last year’s Under 19’s making that next step into the Seniors along with some new faces. We also welcomed former Junior player Jordan Haynes back from Box Hill and club ‘favourite’ Leigh Odermatt. So definitely a new look Senior side.
The first quarter found both teams trying to find their feet with Ringwood peppering their goals only to be thwarted by the strong defence of Dylan Sverns, Al Pettigrew and Jarrod Spurrell. Ringwood drew first blood early on in the quarter and the play appeared to be in Ringwood's forward half for most of the quarter. A great passage of play out of defence in the closing stages of the quarter saw the ball with Kev who passed it over to new senior player Fin Brown for our only goal of the quarter – scores were level at 1.1.7 a piece at the siren. A very tight quarter.
Ringwood came out firing in the second and scored the first goal within minutes but a great intercept by Ryan Young with a quick kick to Kev saw a quick reply. It appeared to be goal for goal as the minutes ticked by. A good shepherd by Oders saw Ben Abbruzzese grab the ball and goal. The next centre bounce saw new ruckman Cam Evans – another under 19’s – tap out of the ruck and see the ball land in Brent English’s hands and he kicked truly – two goals in two minutes. While we were peppering the goals we couldn’t find the middle – Ringwood could. It was a two-point ball game at the 17minute mark, but a goal to Ringwood saw them hit the lead. Then just on the siren Oders took a mark and kicked his first goal back at his old club to see the Jets take in a 14 point lead. We were unfortunately down one man with another young gun Brent Honey off with concussion.
Not too sure what happened in the third quarter – the Jets couldn’t buy a goal. Ringwood had more of the ball and were kicking goals while we were kicking points, they were also playing in front. Chris Colombo was running everywhere to retrieve the ball and push it forward. We were another man down when backman Alan Pettigrew went down with what looked like a serious knee injury [but glad to say results during the week have downgraded that]. So although there were some good passages of play we couldn’t score a goal that quarter and Ringwood went in with a 13 point break.
Ringwood kicked the first goal within seconds in the fourth, but a quick reply from a juggling mark by Oders saw our first goal for over 20 minutes. Ben Abbruzzese was playing his heart out: in the forward line, in the ruck, and even in defence – he was willing the Jets to get over the line. Another strong juggling mark to Ben saw the Jets score another goal to edge closer but the points kept coming. Although a goal by Ringwood at the 24 min saw them extend their lead, the ball found itself up on our forward line and a quick snap by Oders closed the gap to 10 points – but there was no time left. The siren went, the game was Ringwood’s, and the cup stays at Jubilee until the next time.
Goal Kickers: L. Odermatt 3, B. Abbruzzese 2, F. Brown, B. English , K. Clark Best Players: D. Sverns, L. Odermatt, B. Abbruzzese, J. Haynes, C. Colombo, B. Englis
With new coach Guido Van Der Wal at the helm, another new look team took the field with a mixture of old and new faces. It was a slow start by both teams with Ringwood drawing blood first. It didn’t take long for reply with ‘defender come forward’ Jake Sherriff kicking one of his few career goals! The Under 19 players were also making their presence felt in the team with a goal to Ryan Burleigh. It was a three point ball game at quarter time.
The Jets upped the ante in the second quarter with a great goal by new player Alex McIntosh, the recipient of a great bounce. Next goal was to another newcomer Sam Fowless, holding onto the ball after a couple of dropped marks by others to kick through the middle. It was all Heathmont and in another great passage of play out of defence, another new face, Matt Decler, finished it off with a goal. Dave O’Brien rounded off the quarter with another goal as a result from a slick passage of football from defense. The lead at half time was 29 points.
The goals continued in the second half with Matt Decler setting the scene, resulting in a goal within 16 seconds. The boys were playing well together, marking everything and hitting up their team mates. Goals did flow with a couple to Jessie Francis, another to Burls, Tay Van Der Wal also registered on the scoreboard with Decler kicking yet another. Two quick goals by the opposition at the end of the quarter saw the Jets still take in a 57 point lead at the last break.
It was a frenetic opening in the last, with the ball quickly out of the centre and a good mark by Robby Savory deep in the pocket. He caught sight of Jack Hendricks in a better position and with good team work saw Ders mark and goal. The ball was coming quickly down the forward line with all the boys playing their part in moving the ball forward with Tay taking a good mark and kicking truly. Another strong mark to McIntosh resulted in yet another goal. Ringwood tried but were inaccurate and the supply was cut off by our strong defence lead by Matt Beasley. Joel Merrett seemed to have the ball on a string and former U19 player Henry Ballard also managed to find the ball. The last goal of the quarter was from a quick kick off the boot by Burls and saw the Jets register their first win by 75points.
Coach Guido was ecstatic about the win, and after being doused by water singing the team song, congratulated the players on their fantastic team effort making it very hard to single out anyone in particular.
Goal Kickers: R. Burleigh 3, M. Decler 3, J. Francis 2, A. McIntosh 2, T. Van Der Wal 2, D. O’Brien, J. Hendriks, S. Fowless, J. Sherriff Best Players: J. Merrett, M. Beasley, M. Decler, T. Van Der Wal, H. Ballard, R. Burleigh