Match Reports: Round 10 vs Park Orchards
It was a big day at the Hangar, with the 300 Club supporters day, the EFL radio game and a top of the table clash with Park Orchards. Both teams ran out with high expectations and the first quarter saw a very competitive game, with the ball rebounding from one end to the other and defence holding strong. Scoring was indeed hard to come by for both sides. We had the ball down our forward line for most of the quarter but couldn’t score, a snap late in the quarter by Jono Knudsen saw us open our account and it was a seven point game at quarter time. Park Orchards were attempting to break free and peppering their forward line, our defence was standing strong, and it was points not goals. A great goal by Ryan Young and then another by Kev, with his quick turn and aim, saw us string a couple together and put some pressure on the scoreboard. Another by Jack Hendricks after a strong grab, saw us down by 18 points at half time.
It was another pressure packed third quarter and we just couldn’t break free from the opposition, a steadying goal by Rourke and blind kick by Spurrell over his head to be marked by Young for another, saw us edge closer to the opposition. While the Jets were kicking truly, Park Orchards couldn’t find their mark and were actually keeping us in the game. It was a five goal deficit for the boys at the last break. A quick goal by Kev in the opening minutes of the last gave the crowd some hope. It was another congested and pressure packed quarter, and once again the ball stayed down our forward line but we couldn’t make it count. A free kick to Kev and resulting goal saw the team just three goals down at the 12 minute mark, but the opposition managed to produce a goal against the play and then kick another two unanswered to take it out of The Jets reach. A late goal to Spurrell took us to within 30 points of Park Orchards but they won the day. The Coach said after the game ‘It was a disappointing result, and we couldn’t seem to get in to the game. We need to get better and be more consistent. It was a massive learning curve which shows us where we need to be’.
Park Orchards 12.13-85
Goal Kickers: K. Clark 3, R. Young 2, J. Hendriks, J. Knudsen, T. Rourke, J. Spurrell Best Players: R. Young, R. Savory, L. Douglas, B. Abbruzzese, A. Pettigrew, D. Sverns
It was always going to be a challenge against top of the ladder Park Orchards on the weekend but it didn’t help matters when you have 12 players out of the side through injury and unavailability. Thanks to the Under 19’s that backed us up and the past players who again put on the boots. As the Coach said, ‘The Squad was definitely challenged with their backs to the wall, and produced their best performance so far this year!’ They came out determined not to be made a whipping post for the opposition and showed that they were here to play in the first quarter, exerting pressure around the contest and endeavouring to restrict the opposition scoring. A goal by Under 19 player Joel Gosbell saw us down by 21 points at the first break. The second quarter was very competitive between both sides with the boys keeping the opposition’s goal scoring chances to a minimum. We had it in our forward line but just couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard, with only a goal to Joel Merrett who was working tirelessly all day. It was still only a 20 point deficit at the main break.
Park Orchards came out firing in the third, with their inaccuracy keeping us in the game and a quick three unanswered goals stretched the lead. The highlight of the quarter was a passage of play from the backline, with a great tackle by Beasley which pushed the ball forward into Tay Van Der Wal's safe hands and resulted in a goal. But the lead had now stretched out to 40 points at the last break. The squad still kept going in a competitive last quarter, which saw the ball spend a lot of time in our forward line but for no result. The opposition were able to spirit it away and make it count to eventually run out 58 point winners.
Park Orchards 11.15-81
Goal Kickers: J. Gosbell, T. Van Der Wal, J. Merrett Best Players: J. Leithhead, A. Honey, J. Francis, J. Gasparini, M. Beasley, D. Short, J.Merrett
The Jets had been looking forward to the challenge of taking on Park Orchards for several weeks, with both teams undefeated so far this season. We welcomed Lachlan Inaps for his first game as a Jet, and several others back from injury.
The first quarter saw both teams throwing everything at the contest, with most of the play on the far wing. Jack McDonald played a part in many stoppages, and Connor Van Der Wal’s intercept marking was on display. No goals were scored till deep into the quarter when the opposition put one on the board, and they led by 7 points at the first break.
The one-on-one style football was physical, and Park Orchards capitalised on their run and creative handballing to register three goals in the term. Josh Robertson went forward to kick our first, and Ryan Burleigh worked hard, but we trailed by 21 points at half time.
Cam Evans won many taps through the game, but the pressure on every contest made it hard for the Jets to get damaging clearances. This led to a real lack of inside 50’s, and the third term was played in our defensive half. The oppo was inaccurate, and their advantage at the last break was 33 points.
Trey Braione and Wade Van Leeuwen both put in solid 4 quarter performances to lead the way on field. The Jets started to look like the team we are familiar with in the last quarter, and we won the term, but not the game, as Park Orchards ran out 5 goal winners. We need to reload for next week and beyond, as we work towards turning the tables next time we meet the Sharks.
Park Orchards 6.15-51
Goal Kickers: J. Robertson 3 Best Players: T. Braione, W. Van Leeuwen, C. Evans, C. Van Der Wal, J. McDonald, J. Gosbell