The club hasn’t played East Burwood since the 1960’s, although there have been plenty of finals matches played on that oval over recent years. The team were determined to keep their unbeaten record in tack and welcomed back co-captain Dylan Sverns from injury, and Under 19 debutant Lucas Grierson to the side. It was also Brent English’s 200th game of football in the EFL, a great milestone.
It wasn’t pretty football with goals hard to come by. Eventually first game player Lucas Grierson scored his first goal in senior football and opened our account. But it was points that were adding up and finally Ben Abbruzzese kicked truly. But I think we found our goal of the year through Chris Nayna – wish someone had a video!! Lying on the ground, on the boundary put his boot to ball and it went through the middle!! It was only a nine point lead to the Jets at quarter time. A lot of congested footy with no side being able to break free. Our inaccurate kicking was costing us in the second quarter with only two goals to Joel Merrett and Ben Abbruzzese, but seven points! We took in a 26 point lead at the main break.
The second half saw Kev break loose taking marks and kicking goals from all angles. But it was still points rather than goals. Brent kicked the first goal of the second half and East Burwood appeared to have a lot of the play and were scoring. Jarrod Spurrell chimed in with a much needed goal towards the end of the third quarter and we held a 28 point lead at the last break. The shackles appeared to be broken in the last when we finally scored more goals than points for a quarter, Kev added to his tally and was unselfish with a few too. Jono ‘s goal missed the last line of defence and bounced truly, and I’m sure he would’ve scored another when the umpire blew that whistle to end the game. Regan, Jarrod, and Tom Rourke also added to the scoreline which saw us run out 60 point winners and now one of the only two unbeaten teams in Division 3. There were contributors everywhere and they can only improve each week.
East Burwood 8.12-60
Goal Kickers: K. Clark 5, J. Spurrell 3, B. English 2, L. Grierson, C. Nayna, B. Abbruzzese, R. Davis, J. Knudsen, T. Rourke, J. Merrett
Best Players: K. Clark, D. Knowles, B. English , J. Spurrell, J. Davis, R. Young
A few new faces in the squad this week. We welcomed back Derek Scarratt and Chris Colombo for their first games this season, also Daniel Wynne coming up from the Under 19’s for his first senior game of football. It was goal line to goal line football in the first quarter with very few scoring opportunities and both defences holding strong. A couple of late goals by Liam Fowlie and Jack Hendricks saw us go in 14 points down at quarter time. The boys came out firing early in the second with three quick goals to Godra, Liam and Trent Matthews to see the team hit the front. It was contested and fast football which saw East Burwood kick the last two of the quarter and go in with 12 point lead at half time. So not much in it.
The squad were again quick out of the blocks with a goal by Jack Hendricks in the first minute of play, which saw the lead cut to six points. Another by Trent saw it all level. First gamer Daniel Wynne wasn’t missing out either and scored his first senior goal for the Jets to take the lead! They had kept East Burwood scoreless that quarter and went in with a slender nine point lead. There was a sniff of victory in the air as the last quarter came around and a long kick by Colombo from defence saw the ball bouncing towards an undefended goal square. Eventually Trent put foot to ball and extended the lead! This was followed up by a great tackle from U19 debutant Daniel Wynne on the boundary and he received the resulting free kick and kicked truly extending the lead. He was also in the last goal with a kick from out of a pack finding Trent who goaled! The siren rang and the boys celebrated their first win of the season by 23 points. Liam Fowlie was tireless in the ruck and also around the ground. His ‘twin’ Jack Hendricks also causing much heartache for the opposition too. Godra was also making his presence felt both forward and back. Butch was strong in defence all day.
East Burwood 8.2-50
Goal Kickers: T. Matthews 4, D. Wynne 2, L. Fowlie 2, J. Hendriks 2, J. Francis
Best Players: A. Bucello, J. Francis, L. Fowlie, J. Hendriks, J. Leithhead, D. Wynne
This was the first time that many of our lads had played against East Burwood for several years, so we were wary of what they would bring. The first quarter saw a continuation of last week with good run and carry through the corridor, and forwards setting up teammates in better positions. Highlights of the term included Wade Van Leeuwen and Ben Irvine giving fantastic drive and forward pressure, and Josh Robertson taking a Jason Dunstall-like contested mark and then slotting his second goal before the first change.
Our 22 point quarter time lead was quickly extended in the second term as Fin Brown and Ryan Burleigh each registered two majors, and the team managed seven for the quarter. The backs were rebounding consistently, particularly Lochie Clooney, Lachie Phelan, Joel Gosbell, and Khaige Stenson, who unfortunately suffered a broken collar bone putting his head over the ball in a solid contest. Best wishes for a speedy recovery Khaige! At the long break our lead was 61 points.
Coach Gary Burleigh triggered many changes for the second half, including Cam Osborne going into the ruck and dominating. The play became stuck on the far flank for parts of the quarter, which stemmed the scoring flow a little. Henry Ballard consistently marked strongly and Nathan Amos dodged, weaved, delivered cleanly, and applied great tackling pressure. We had 26 handball receives for the quarter and dominated inside-50’s to lead by 90 points at the last change.
More changes were made heading into the final term, with Ben Savage going into the ruck and contesting strongly with great 2nd and 3rd efforts. Trey Braione was busy, Brent Honey was creative with switches to open up the ground, and Jack McDonald pumped the ball into the forward 50 time and time again. Kyle Delaney marked twice deep into the forward line and hit the scoreboard, and Robbo kicked his fourth for the day from such a tight angle that he may as well have been in the carpark! The Jets saluted by 112 points to continue the strong start to the season.
As a post-script to the U19’s report, we all congratulate Daniel Wynne on a fantastic debut in the Development squad, particularly in the second half when he snagged two crucial goals and dished off a handball to set up a third. It was great to see the Development squad salute for the first time in 2017!
As another post-script, well done to Lucas Grierson on registering a goal with his first kick in senior footy, and being part of a strong win for the undefeated Jets!
East Burwood 2.1-13
Goal Kickers: J. Robertson 4, R. Burleigh 4, W. Van Leeuwen 3, T. Braione 2, F. Brown 2, K. Delaney, B. Honey, J. Kral
Best Players: R. Burleigh, W. Van Leeuwen, B. Irvine, N. Amos, T. Braione, B. Honey