Round 4 brought another beautiful afternoon at the Hanger for our clash with Waverley Blues. The Jets welcomed Alex Mcintosh for his first Senior game, Jack McDonald for his first for the season and Ryan Young back from concussion.
It was “game on” early when the opposition registered their first goal inside a minute. To increase the challenge for the Jets, Jordan Haynes’ day was over with an ankle injury three minutes into the game, then Matt Declar joined him on the bench two mins later with claret pouring from the nose. Ben Abrruzzese steadied the ship, kicking our first at the eight minute mark after a good lead, and our second two minutes later. It was then Chris Columbo’s turn to register two goals in a row with the first coming from a dart from Youngy to Columbo who kicked truly from the arc, then another from five meters further out just two minutes later. Tom Rourke registered our fifth major to give us a nine point lead at quarter time.
The pressure lifted in the second term as the Blues kicked the first two goals of the quarter to take the lead, then another soon after to have the Jets under the pump. Our Trainers were kept busy with Gary Conyers off injured to leave us with very few rotations available. We were being pumped around the ball, and the Jets defence was under enormous pressure. Mid way through the term the Jets went up a gear as our tackling improved and we started winning clearances. Quick hands from Rourkie to Bailey Stevens for a goal put us on the board 17 minutes in. The Blues responded, then Youngy was tackled high and took his chance to kick a major. Luke Cassini intercepted beautifully in the guts and speared a pass to Leigh Odermatt for a major. We missed a couple of chances to extend lead, but took a five point margin into the long break and it was anyone’s game at that stage.
Wearing number 60 after his jumper was shredded earlier in the game, Ben Abrruzzese’s third quarter was special. Rourkie fed Ben a clean pass for his third goal. Following this he took an acrobatic grab and goal a minute later, and then was held without the ball and kicked truly for three goals in three minutes. A high bomb into the square was palmed down by Ben to Oders for our 12th. Ben then dished off to Sinders for a set shot goal. Bailey Stevens also had a fantastic quarter with three clearances in a row, and great team transition play late in the term resulted in Chris Columbo extending our lead as we held a 27 point advantage at the last change.
In his three quarter time address Coach Joel Cordwell urged the players to retain possession and control the play. An early crumbing goal in the square to Stevens carried on the momentum from the previous term. Soon after the oppo kicked out of bounds from a point and Ryan Burleigh kicked truly from the tightest of angles under the scoreboard. Ben let go an exocet missile to take his tally for the day to six. Cam Evans worked tirelessly in the ruck, and Heathmont’s solid defence, led brilliantly by Dylan Sverns, worked hard to the end with Jake Sherriff, Brent Honey, and Alex Mcintosh all combining well. Oders and Columbo added icing on the cake late in the game to see the Jets run out 57 point victors. Joel praised the players’ resilience, persistence, and courage after the game, and was pleased with the “backs to wall” response from the Jets.
Goal Kickers: B. Abbruzzese 6, L. Odermatt 3, C. Colombo 3, B. Stevens 2, R. Young 2, R. Burleigh, T. Rourke, D. Sindrey
Best Players: B. Abbruzzese, B. Stevens, C. Colombo, R. Young, D. Sverns
It was another beautiful day at the Hangar as the squad took on Waverley Blues for the first time in many years. There were a couple of forced changes this week – congrats to Shorty and Kate on their wedding – and we welcomed back David Knowles from his honeymoon! Ty Jones was in for his first game as was James Kelly.
The Squad didn’t have it all their way early, spending most of the early part of the quarter down in our forward line we couldn’t make it count. It was proving to be a very congested game with turn overs aplenty. Waverley drew first blood with a goal at the eight minute mark. Truck was in everything again this week, as was Lachie Sverns and Cam Evans dominating in the ruck, but it wasn’t reflecting on the scoreboard as the Blues were kicking goals and we were kicking points. A solid bump to Ben Irvine saw his day draw to an early close. The boys saw themselves down by ten points at quarter time.
I’m sure a few words were said by the coach at the quarter break, but the opposition scored the first goal to stretch their lead. This finally turned around with our first goal to Wade Van Leeuwen who quickly followed up with another and was in the thick of things. The ball was rebounding goal line to goal line. It was a free flowing match but the turnovers were mounting up. A long kick from defence by Jack Leithhead found the firm hands of Lachie Sverns just outside the 50  metre line, walking back from his mark he unleashed a long kick which sailed through the goals to make it three unanswered goals and the lead. This was followed up by another great running passage of play by Josh Kral which resulted in another goal. Not to be outdone, Captain Derek Scarrett also join the party for another to make it a five goal to one quarter and a 17 point lead at the main break.
The intensity in the third was still there. Davey O stretched the lead early on and Knowlesy kicked truly out of the pack for his first goal of the season. A great intercept by Wade saw him kick to Liam Douglas who made it three unanswered goals for the quarter. But the boys dropped the intensity for a little when the opposition kicked two quick goals in succession, without much opposition. Lachie, Doug, Wade and Truck are all in the play but we just can’t convert on the scoreboard. It was a 23 point lead to the Jets at the last break.
Waverley aren’t down and out yet and kicked the first goal of the quarter to cut down the lead. A quick reply by Truck with a goal out of the pack provided some breathing space again. Josh Kral made his presence felt with another goal from a passage of play that started with Rob Savory in the centre, to Wade and then a quick sideways kick that found Josh. A great tap out of the ruck found Jon Knudsen’s safe hands and with run and carry it’s another goal on the scoreboard for the Jets. Another great passage from the backline sees the ball move down the ground starting with Wade, and a kick into the forward line finds the ball lose and Jono takes advantage to kick another goal and to top off a great match Josh Kral kicks his third not long before the siren. The squad has had a five goal quarter and keep their winning streak in tact with a 37 point hard fought win.
The coach felt it was the team’s best win for the year, especially how the boys kept enduring and eventually coming out on top. A terrific team effort!
Goal Kickers: J. Kral 3, W. Van Leeuwen 2, J. Knudsen 2, L. Douglas, L. Sverns, D. O''Brien, D. Scarratt, D. Knowles, J. Merrett
Best Players: L. Sverns, J. Knudsen, J. Hendriks, L. Douglas, W. Van Leeuwen, J. Merrett
The U19's played the undefeated Waverley Blues on Saturday in what we knew was going to be our toughest match so far. It was a tight first quarter where we had more scoring shots and forward 50 entries but trailed at the first break by five points.
The second quarter didn't get off to a great start with the Blues kicking a goal inside the first minute. We couldn't get our hands on the footy and they kicked 3.6 for the quarter to our solitary point to go in at halftime 26 points down. If not for Declan Browne across half back and some poor kicking from them it could have been a lot worse!
At halftime the coach demanded more effort across the board and the second half was much better. While they outscored us 5.3 to 4.2 in the second half the will to get involved in the contest, tackle, chase and put pressure on was a lot better and in the end we went down by 33 points to a very good side.
It was a good lesson to learn early in the season that if you switch off for one quarter the game can be taken away from you very quickly. We will keep working hard and make sure that doesn't happen again. We play The Basin this week so that will be another good challenge for us and hopefully we can take the lessons learnt from last week into this weeks game.
Goal Kickers: T Wallace, C Osborne, J Herring, K Ponton, T Braione
Best Players: D Browne, A Puddy, R Brown, L Purkis, J Herring, C Osborne