The Melbourne weather lived up to its reputation last Saturday – where we went from playing the first two games in beautiful sunshine to heavy rain just as the Seniors ran out onto the field. The rain bought it back to a level playing field, with goals hard to come by, slippery conditions making it hard to hold marks and difficult to produce a free flowing game by either side. Chirnside Park scored the first major for the day, but the Jets kept pushing it forward and a kick through the pack by Kev landed on the chest of Jarrod Spurrell, who kicked truly for our first goal. The ball was moving goal line to goal line without much success to either side, another goal to Spurrell towards the end of the quarter saw the Jets take a slender 3 point lead at quarter time. The rain was here to stay but two strong chest marks to Ben Abbruzzese early in the second quarter, resulting in goals, and another to Spurrell, saw the lead stretch to 9 points at the main break.
It was an even third quarter with goals to Regan Davis and another to Spurrell but Chirnside kept up the pressure whilst scoring, it was only a 2 point ball game at the last break – in the Jets favour. It was a determined Senior side that came out on the field in the last, with the play in our forward line for most of the early quarter but no success. Finally a goal from Jack Cornwall saw us take a slight edge. No side could really take an advantage and a kick off the ground by Kev, which nearly knocked over the umpire, saw the biggest lead of the day at 10 points. It was a pressure packed and, at times, ugly match with either team threatening to break free at any time. Finally at the 24 minute mark of the quarter Jono and Kev teamed up for another goal to stretch the Jets lead to 16 points and give them some breathing space. Then in the space of a minute a great centre hit out landed in Liam Douglas’ hands and another goal was on the board and the game was over…. a 22 point win and third win for the day for the club.
Chirnside Park 7.8-50
Goal Kickers: J. Spurrell 4, K. Clark 2, B. Abbruzzese 2, R. Davis, L. Douglas, J. Cornwall
Best Players: J. Davis, T. Rourke, J. Spurrell, R. Young, B. English , B. Abbruzzese
Although there had been four forced changes for the day, the Development Squad’s confidence was up after their first win on the board last week as they ran out against Chirnside Park on Saturday. We also welcomed back Tom Battersby for his first game this season. The squad took to the park in lovely sunshine and continued where they had left off the week before. They had control of the ball and the forward line was marking everything that came their way, two goals to Godra and one to Chris Colombo, who was everywhere, and another to Jordan – set the tone at quarter time which saw us 25 points in front and Chirnside Park goalless. The squad continued with their free flowing game in the second with Colombo making his presence felt around the field kicking 3 goals for the quarter and assisting in a few too. Furney had his kicking boots on and kicked truly with a long goal [the meterage may increase over time]. Jack Hendricks and Dave O’Brien also added to the scoreline, which saw the boys take in a 35 point lead at half time.
The half time break seemed to re-engergise the squad as they put on a show for the ‘premiership’ quarter, kicking 7 goals to 1 point. The forwards continued to mark everything that came their way and were accurate in their execution. Colombo again scoring two, as did Trent – with one a beauty off the ground. Davey O, Ders, and Furney also added to their tally giving them a 76 point lead coming into the last quarter. Accuracy and goals were hard to come by in the last, but the game was well in hand, a side step goal by Colombo was a highlight of the quarter, with Parks chiming in for another. A great overall team effort by all the squad.
Chirnside Park 5.6-36
Goal Kickers: C. Colombo 5, D. O''Brien 3, J. Francis 2, S. Furniss 2, T. Matthews 2, J. Hendriks 2, N. Parker, J. Gasparini
Best Players: C. Colombo, A. Abbruzzese, B. Van Leeuwen, J. Francis, J. Gasparini, A. Bucello
The Jets welcomed Tom Hollins back to the U19’s after he has spent the last couple of seasons with the Eastern Ranges. We came out with plenty of intensity, kicking with a strong wind. The on-ball brigade of Trey Braione, Ben Irvine, Lachie Purkis and Ryan Burleigh were roving brilliantly and giving lots of run from contests. The sharing by hand was best exemplified when there was a string of 5 handballs within 30 metres of goal till we found Wade Van Leeuwen clear enough to kick truly. The Jets won the inside-50 count 15 to 3 and took a 30 point lead into the first change.
Our running game was suited to the big ground at HE Parker, and precise kicking into the forward line from Cam Evans and Ryan Burleigh set up Josh Robertson and Tom Hollins, who were both presenting well. Jack McDonald was strong in packs, and Connor Van Der Wal chopped off several of the opposition’s attempts to come out of defence. Unfortunately one of the Chirnside Park players had to be stretchered off just before the long break after a heavy collision in play. Our lead was 48 points at half time.
The third term saw Lachie Phelan take a half forward role and immediately hit the scoreboard with two majors and he also set up Wade for another. Our forwards took 6 marks inside 50 for the quarter and we kicked five goals to lead by 78 points at the final break. Tom Hollins received a large cut above his right eye late in the quarter that subsequently required 4 stitches in hospital – we wish you a speedy recovery Tom.
Cam Osborne’s ruck work was good in the final term, and Talby Dove and Josh Kral were involved in smart passages of play that set up scoring opportunities. Overhead marking was a highlight of the quarter, particularly from Josh Robertson who kicked four goals to take his tally for the day to six. Not to be outdone, Wade Van Leeuwen snagged a pair in the quarter to round out half a dozen for the day too. The Jets ran out 92 point victors to kick start a great day for the club.
Chirnside Park 7.2-44
Goal Kickers: J. Robertson 6, W. Van Leeuwen 6, R. Burleigh 3, L. Phelan 3, T. Hollins, B. Irvine
Best Players: B. Irvine, J. McDonald, W. Van Leeuwen, J. Robertson, L. Phelan, R. Burleigh