It was ANZAC round in the EFL this weekend and as both teams stood together in a mark of respect for the fallen, a tough match was about to unfold on the field.
A few more necessary changes into this weeks side against Warrandyte with the inclusion for his first Senior game for the Jets Rob Wood and great to see Brent Honey back in too.
From the first bounce it was going to be another fast and furious match, with both sides setting the pace early and both sides strongly contesting the football. Our inaccuracy in front of goals was again apparent in the first part of the quarter, with points not goals appearing on the scoreboard. But the highlights were there with Fin Brown again in the action with his high flyer – a fantastic spectacle for the supporters! He also made his mark on the scoreboard with a long kick just near the fifty line for our first goal and then another quick one by Ryan Burleigh. Kev was in-and-under and making his way forward for another which he managed to kick through before a heavy knock saw him leave the field for the quarter. Jordan Haynes seemed to be in everything and was becoming a ball magnet. The game appeared to be a bit spiteful towards the end of the quarter with Brent scoring from a 50metre penalty before Warrandyte did finally get two late goals to end the quarter 14 points behind.
The second quarter was more of the same with the ball rebounding from one end to the other, gut running by both sides trying to get that score on the board. Leigh Odermatt broke through for our first goal of the quarter. Our backline was holding strong too but another questionable bump on Cookie Grierson saw him take no further part in the game. Warrandyte scored their reply. There was nothing really in it, Colombo was running everywhere the ball was and was a recipient of a pass out of defence from Dylan Sverns and kicked it long to Fin for his second goal of the day. There were no easy contests and Brent English broke through for another goal not long after. Warrandyte kept themselves in it with another goal not long after. To finish off the quarter English was at the end of good mark on the boundary which saw him kick truly for another goal and a lead of 29 points at the main break. The scoreboard definitely did not reflect the intensity of the game unfolding on the field.
It was becoming a bruising encounter as the third quarter got underway, Colombo in the thick of things again with the first goal a result of a 50m penalty. The opponents came up with the quick reply once more. They appear to have more of the ball this quarter but the Jets manage to force it out of defence and into our forward line where Oders kicks another, and again they reply. Great tap out of the ruck sees the ball with English who unleashes a massive kick into the safe hands of Ben Abbruzzese who kicks truly. It is such an even quarter and very tight football by both sides. Again our first line of attack is out of the backline which sees the ball with English and another long kick to Abbruzzese on the wing who finds Bailey Stevens in the forward line and goals. The lead is 37 points – but it feels much closer.
Warrandyte scored the first two goals of the last quarter lifting the pressure and intensity of the game, we are only scoring points. It appears to be all Warrandyte this quarter as the Jets continue to press forward and score and against the flow of play. Colombo takes a strong mark and scores our first goal of the quarter around the 22 minute mark. It’s definitely a low scoring quarter and a battle of the backlines. When Colombo kicks another goal just prior to the siren it gives the team some breathing space and in the end a 39 point hard fought win.
After the game the Coach acknowledged that we had won four quarters for the second week in a row, in what proved to be one of the most physical clashes the team had played for quite a while, made harder by being down to only one on the bench by the end of the game.
The RSL awarded their Best on Ground medal to Dylan Sverns.
Next week it’s the Waverley Blues at the Hangar, after coming down from Division 2 last year.
Goal Kickers: C. Colombo 3, B. English 3, L. Odermatt 2, F. Brown 2, B. Abbruzzese, B. Stevens, K. Clark, R. Burleigh
Best Players: D. Sverns, J. Sherriff, B. English , F. Brown, M. Decler, L. Odermatt
After the cold playing conditions of last week I’m sure the boys were enjoying basking in the sun for the game against Warrandyte. The opening term was fast and furious with pace shown by both sides. The Jets seemed to have the ball up their scoring end for the majority of the quarter but Warrandyte’s defence was standing strong, with Jono Knudsen and Ben Irvine seemingly in everything. Finally a good passage of play out of defence ended up in the safe hands of Rob Savory and our first goal was on the board. It was a low scoring quarter and another nice long pass by Nat Parker reached Rob again who kicked a lovely long goal to take in a 13 point lead at the first break.
The Squad came out firing in the second scoring three goals in the first ten minutes, perhaps the goal of the day could go to Sam Fowless with his kick finding the middle as he was falling to the ground! Another passage of play saw the switch from one side to the other which started with Irvine across to Liam Douglas and a mark to Dave O’Brien who kicked to Tay Van Der Wal resulted in a free in front of goal and Tay didn’t miss. The next was from the centre tap with ball taken by Parks and a penetrating kick to Savory, with a pass to Jono who found Joel Merrett in front of goal – another goal. To cap off the quarter Douggie took advantage of a loose ball in the forward and kick truly to cap off a four goal quarter and the team had stretched their lead to 30 points at the main break.
The pace continued in the next quarter and Truck was in it again with our first goal. There were definitely some aerial marks happening too – Savory was holding everything that came his way. We were winning it out of the centre and the ball seemed to be down our end for most of that quarter. Davey O scored another goal kicking it off the ground, and Captain Derek Scarratt kicked one too after being on the end of a series of handpasses down the field. Jack Hendricks also got into the act with a great pass from youngster Josh Kral which resulted in another goal. First gamer for the Jets Tyson Walshe added another to the score just prior to the siren. The Squad was playing in front, they were first to the ball and reaping the rewards. There were also a few fiery moments at three quarter time but the boys had kept Warrandyte scoreless for that quarter.
It was more of the same in the last with Tay scoring our first goal within the first minute taking a strong mark from down field. A spoil at a ruck contest saw Ben Irvine grab the ball and kick to Savory on the run for another goal. We were again winning in the ruck and the ball was streaming down to the forward line. A good grab by Douggie saw him kick to the forward pocket and find Savory tight on the boundary – he didn’t miss and another goal on the board. The goal of the day though has to go to Vice Captain Matt Beasley who was guarding the backline and ran up the field to get into play. He found himself past the centre and with the ball so he took his chances and with a long kick towards goal watched as the boys shepherded it through for a goal – no doubt one of his many few over the years – and excitement from all. The entire squad seemed to be on song and the frenetic pace continued and the goals flowed. The next came from the boot of Josh Kral who was on the end of a series of handpasses. Our rucks were dominating in the centre too. Not all our forays into the forward line were goals, the points were racking up again too. Our next goal was scored from a kick out which Savory managed to touch and it was picked up by Jono who swung around and goaled. Truck seemed to be everywhere today and he finished off the quarter with a running goal and then on the siren was awarded a free kick and found the middle. A 104 point win to the boys.
Congrats must go to our strong defence line that was not letting anything come past them. The Coach singled out Henry Ballard having a great game at centre half back and also Jesse Francis for another terrific game. With 14 players under 20 the coach was very happy with his team’s performance and there is only room to grow.
Goal Kickers: J. Merrett 4, R. Savory 4, T. Van Der Wal 2, J. Knudsen, T. Walshe, S. Fowless, D. Scarratt, J. Hendriks, J. Kral, M. Beasley, L.Douglas, D. O’Brien
Best Players: J. McDonald, H. Ballard, J. Leithhead, R. Savory, J. Francis, J. Merrett
We kicked the dew off the grass on a perfect morning for footy, which was in stark contrast to the conditions we experienced last week! We knew Warrandyte had been struggling for numbers this season but thankfully they were able to field a full team for our game.
The first quarter was pretty physical but once we found our feet we were able to hit the scoreboard with a scrambling goal in the goal square to Cam Osborne who was proving a handful in his first game, followed by Talby Dove with a great centering kick to Reuben Brown who kicked the goal. There was a great passage of play from our backline where Declan Browne won the ball and handballed back to Joel Gosbell who ran and carried through the middle which lead to another goal for Cam and Harry Isaacs kicked two. We were dominating the clearances and around the ground contests with a late goal to Trey Braione topping off a great first quarter. Scores Heathmont 6.0. 36 Warrandyte 1.0.6.
The second quarter got off to a similar start with JJ Dove kicking a miraculous goal from the boundary and with some good contested footy from Will Deerbon who was in everything from the wing, Talby’s second and third efforts meant we were able to lock the ball in our forward 50 which led to goals to Cam, Reuben and Taylor Wallace to finish off a 4four goal quarter. Our backline was solid with Jack Farrell, Trent Schubert and Max Scotti letting nothing through but a solitary point for the qtr. Halftime scores Heathmont 10.3.63 Warrandyte 1.1.7.
After a fearsome spray from their coach at halftime we knew Warrandyte would come out hard in the third quarter and they started to get on top in the midfield. While it didn’t reflect on the scoreboard for them they did make it difficult for us to score and we kicked only two goals for the quarter to both Harry and Cam, but we went into three quarter time with a healthy 70 point lead. Scores Heathmont 12.6.78 Warrandyte 1.2.8.
The boys were challenged at three quarter time to get back on top and were asked for five goals for the quarter. A few of the backs were pushed up forward which paid immediate dividends with Harry Annal and Max Scotti both kicking their first goals of the season after going forward. Another two for the quarter to Harry Isaacs gave him five for the game and Trey chipped in for his second. Our attack on the footy was summed up best with Khaige Stenson cleaning up one of their players late in the game in a bone crunching hit that was perfectly fair and in the end we ran out winners by 92 points.
Goal Kickers: Isaacs 5, Osborne 4, Brown 2, Braione 2, Dove 1, Wallace 1, Annal 1, Scotti 1
Best Players: Deerbon, Gosbell, Braione, Brwne, Wallace, Wynne