The Seniors welcomed Warrandyte to the Hangar last Saturday and the weather made playing conditions perfect. There was a forced late change to the side on Saturday morning - the coach! So Justin O’Dwyer and Peter Campbell took over the reins for the day. [Glad to report Joel is well and truly on the mend]. There were other changes to the team and we welcomed a couple of first gamers into the side: Under 19 player Ryan Burleigh and Dev. Squad member Jack Hendricks. Congrats to Captain Dylan Sverns on his 150th Senior game. The Jets came out firing with a 5 goal to 2 goal quarter. Chris Colombo was relishing the call up to the ones and kicked a goal off the ground to open our account. Ben Abbruzzese was on fire and presented a strong target up forward marking and kicking two goals in quick succession. Ryan Young was also making his presence felt and capped off a good piece of play with a goal, Liam Douglas also kicked truly and the Jets took in a 17 point lead at the first break. Both teams were finding goals hard to come by in the second quarter as the ball rebounded from backline to backline. With an injury to Jake Sherriff in the first quarter we were one defender down for the rest of the game but with Dylan playing a great Captains knock ensured the defence remained strong. Ben was again accurate in front of goal, as was Colombo for a goal apiece. First gamer Burleigh also got into the act with his first senior goal and at the main break we had extended the lead to 27 points.
The boys rallied at half time and applied the pressure to Warrandyte with some great running football and hit the scoreboard numerous times, with goals to Ben, taking his tally to 4, Kev, another to Ryan Burleigh and Brent English. At the last break we found ourselves 47 points in front having kept Warrandyte to just one goal that quarter. The game definitely felt closer than what was reflected in the scores. The last quarter was more of the same with another running goal from Liam and ruckman Jon Wynne, who had been everywhere on the ground, slotting one through too. Unfortunately a head clash to a Warrandyte player at the 23 minute mark held up play. After discussion between the coaches and umpire it was decided to call it a day – it was a sour note to finish on. The win by 54 points see us five zip on top of the Division 3 ladder – a fantastic effort by everyone involved. Stand in Coach Justin gave full credit to the team on the win saying he just ‘steered’ the group who had followed their set game plan.
Goal Kickers: B. Abbruzzese 4, L. Douglas 2, R. Burleigh 2, C. Colombo 2, B. English , K. Clark, J. Wynn, R. Young
Best Players: B. Abbruzzese, J. Wynn, L. Douglas, D. Sverns, R. Young
A few changes were made to the squad with a couple of players promoted to the ones. The boys were coming off two wins in a row and wanted to keep the momentum going against a side that had had their first win the previous week. And that’s how the first quarter started with two goals to Godra in the first 5 minutes! But Warrandyte picked up the tempo and continually hit the scoreboard, although inaccuracy prevented them streaking in front. At the first break it was a 7 point lead to the opposition. An injury to Captain David Short saw us a man down for the rest of the game. It was a see-sawing match with the ball spending much of the second quarter in Warrandyte’s forward position – again inaccuracy costing them. The Squad kept defending and pushing forward with our running players of Parks, Feroz, Jordan Gasparini, and Aaron Abbruzzese trying to get through Warrandyte’s defence. It was a single goal to each side that quarter, ours was to Dylan Barker as we took in a 17 point deficit at half time.
The pressure from both sides continued after half time and Furney presented in the forward line with strong marks and two goals to narrow the lead to just 12 points at the last break. Godra had been switched down back and was proving to be solid in defence as the opposition kept peppering the goals. Anything was possible in the last quarter but unfortunately Warrandyte took it up a notch and their defence didn’t give an inch to see them in go out eventual winners. A disappointing result for the squad but a learning experience which showed that the team has to play for four quarters.
Goal Kickers: J. Francis 2, S. Furniss 2, D. Barker
Best Players: F. Khan, A. Abbruzzese, S. Furniss, J. Francis, J. Gasparini, D. MacDonald
The Jets U19’s had an unfamiliar opponent this week in Whitehorse Pioneers. The first quarter was a bit of a scrap early, but with Tom Hollins and Josh Robertson presenting well up forward the scoreboard started ticking. Kyle Delaney was physical at the contests and racked up plenty of possessions, while Cam Evans slotted two nice goals in the term. Our 32 handball receives helped give us a 38 point quarter time lead.
The on-ball running brigade of Ben Irvine, Josh Kral, Joel Gosbell, Talby Dove and Trey Braione were quick by hand and foot, and burst out of the centre on multiple occasions in the second term. Their accurate delivery allowed our forwards to take 9 marks inside 50. Robbo’s three majors and Fin Brown’s pearler after the siren from deep on the scoreboard flank were highlights, but Connor Van Der Wal rolling an ankle unfortunately finished his game. We took a lead of 84 points into the long break.
Our defensive coach, Craig Rutley had a smile on his face as our tackling pressure stepped up, Henry Ballard took several strong intercept marks, and the defenders made an impact on the scoreboard. Danny Palmer pushed forward to kick a major in the third quarter after Brent Honey had done the same in the second, and then Daniel Wynne ran through the guts and kicked a 75 metre bomb that sailed through post high into a gale force wind (maybe just a little artistic licence taken here – but it was a great goal regardless). Robbo snagged three more goals to take his tally to 8, and the margin at the last change was 126 points.
Coach Gary Burleigh loaded the midfield with talls for the final term. Wade Van Leeuwen’s characteristic work ethic and determination were on display, but his right eye copped a whack soon after he posted a nice goal. Scott Dawson had spent time at each end of the ground through the day, and kicked the last goal of the game after the final siren to give the Jets a 147 point win. We now look forward to a solid 5 week block where we will learn a lot about the teams likely to figure in finals this season.
Thanks to Steve Evans and Stew Brown who did a fabulous job on the BBQ through the afternoon. We hope that all the Mums had a wonderful Mothers’ Day, and congratulations to those at the club who organised the fantastic Mums’ lunch!
Goal Kickers: J. Robertson 8, T. Hollins 4, F. Brown 3, W. Van Leeuwen 2, C. Evans 2, D. Wynne, J. Kral, D. Palmer, B. Honey, B. Irvine, S. Dawson, C. Osborne
Best Players: F. Brown, T. Hollins, J. Robertson, C. Evans, B. Irvine, T. Dove