Match Reports: Round 2 vs Ringwood - ANZAC Weekend
It was always going to be a BIG day for the first bout against neighbours Ringwood; a few scores to settle and of course the Parker Family Cup to play for and make sure it stayed at the Hangar. The tone for the game was set from the opening bounce with Ringwood taking advantage around the centre and began peppering their goals with the wind advantage, but kicking mainly points. A scuffle with English saw him score our first goal from a free. Ringwood had the points on the board at quarter time and an 11 point lead.
It was pressure football in the second forcing turnovers by both sides but a quick goal from Lachie Sverns in the opening minutes cuts the lead. A long kick by newcomer to the club, Joel Merrett, sees the ball nearly through then to be picked up by goal sneek Kev Clarke and through for another to see us hit the front by a point. In another great patch of play, starting from Butch in defence, saw Joel kick his second and we extended our lead. Then a bouncing ball in the forward line bounced the right way for Kev to put through another. English was being targeted by the opposition and a 50m penalty kick saw Kev take a great mark as a result and, using his ‘buddy arc’ kicking style, he put another on the board. Co-Captain Tom Rourke finished off the quarter with another Jets goal to see us go in at the main break 16 points up.
The third quarter saw no let up on the pressure with both sides going above and sometimes beyond in their quest for the ball. Scoring opportunities were hard to come by from both teams. A great pick up and kick by Liam Douglas saw it sail through the goal to increase our lead. Ringwood were using the wind to their advantage and managed to score three goals for the quarter. Another great piece of play from our backline saw the ball in Joel Merrett’s hands on the boundary and a fantastic banana kick saw the ball through the big posts to take in an 11 point lead at three-quarter time.
It had been a very close game so far and it now all came down to the last quarter. Ben Abbruzzese had been a focal point up forward all day and early on this quarter a mark and goal saw the Jets stretch their lead. The ball was certainly going down to our forward line we just needed to convert. A great tap from Ben saw Dave Knowles pick up the crumbs and kick truly. But it was points, not goals, that were keeping the scores ticking over. A pack mark by the smallest player on the field, Kev Clarke, saw him guide it through the goals with minutes to spare and a decent lead on the board. Ringwood wasn’t to be outdone in the marking stakes, with what must be a contender for mark of the year by Trent Farmer in the dying minutes of the game. Heathmont eventually ran out 26 point winners in another memorable local derby and the Parker Family Cup stays at the Hangar until the next bout! The medals on the day for BOG went to Kev Clarke and Trent Farmer.
Goal Kickers: K. Clark 4, J. Merrett 2, L. Douglas, D. Knowles, B. English , L. Sverns, B. Abbruzzese, T. Rourke Best Players: B. Abbruzzese, K. Clark, T. Rourke, B. English , D. Sindrey, D. Knowles
The Dev Squad were determined to come out fast against a more experienced Ringwood side and they did. It was a fast paced first quarter and we were kicking with the wind. The Jets won the contested ball early and were rewarded with a quick goal to Jack Hendricks early and then another long kick by Dave O’Brien saw the ball bounce through missing all the Ringwood defenders. Ringwood did manage to put three goals on the board by quarter time, and took in a nine point lead. But they came out firing in the second quarter and managed to control the centre bounce and find the space on the big Jubilee Park to stretch their lead to six goals at the main break.
The Jets came out in the third trying to wrestle the lead back and our defence stood strong with Matt Beasley and Adam Honey attempting to repel all that came their way, forcing errors from Ringwood resulting in points rather than goals. Shorty continued to urge his team to follow by his example by the fierce tackling of his opponents. With the game in Ringwood’s hands, the boys came out in the last quarter still determined to take the game up to their opponents. Goals to Godra and Rivers saw us break our scoring drought but in the end Ringwood were too good for us on the day. It was great to see Trent Mathews back on the track and we welcomed Jordie Gasparini in for his first game with the Jets. The boys can only improve.
Goal Kickers: D.O’Brien, J.Hendrick, J.Francis, A.Cossar
Best Players: A. Cossar, D. O’Brien, J. Francis, J. Gasparini, T. Van Der Wal, D. Robson-Long, M.Beasley, A.Honey.
We were fortunate to be able to join the Seniors and Development squad at Jubilee Park where we took on last year’s Div 4 U19 premiers, Donvale, for their “home” game. We welcomed Harry Lowe for his first game as a Jet, and also Lochie Clooney back from injury. We controlled much of the play in the first quarter, with good sharing by hands and composure from the backs. Fin Brown took the ruck in the forward line and on two occasions benefited from a free kick after a ruck contest, and converted both for majors. Cam Osborne kicked two ripper goals, the first from a tight angle after breaking out of a contest on the flank near the coaches box, then the next was a classic banana from the boundary deep into the quarter. We took a 33 point lead into quarter time.
In the second term Donvale’s tackling was intense, but the Jets stepped up the ball movement by hand for a total of 28 handball receives for the quarter. Josh Robertson snagged a fine crumbing goal early, then a strong mark and goal to take his half time tally to three majors. The Jets headed into half time up by 53 points.
Coach Gary Burleigh put it on the midfielders to hit the scoreboard in the second half, and they responded! The third term saw Ryan Burleigh kick two goals, and Ben Irvine one, whilst Robbo posted two more and Fin Brown took his tally for the day to four. Trey Braione’s second and third efforts while on ball were great to watch, Josh Kral was creative, and Henry Ballard and Cookie Grierson were solid in defence. The margin at the last break was an 87 point lead.
In the last quarter it was evident that the Jets were playing selfless footy, with numerous forward 50 passes to teammates in better positions. Jack McDonald was terrific on the last line of defence and Cam Evans took a strong mark at the other end of the ground and kicked two majors in the quarter after dominating the ruck all day. In a great team performance the Jets finished with a 119 point win, and look forward to taking on East Burwood in Round 3.
Goal Kickers: J. Robertson 6, F. Brown 4, C. Evans 2, C. Osborne 2, R. Burleigh 2, L. Grierson, C. Van Der Wal, W. Van Leeuwen, B. Irvine
Best Players: C. Evans, B. Irvine, H. Ballard, R. Burleigh, J. Robertson, F. Brown
Awards: Fin took the cash thanks to Cam O’s grandfather, Ben is off to Nikos Tavern, and Cam E can have a Parma at the Manhattan.