Welcome inclusions to the Senior team for the challenge against Chirnside Park were Wade, Dougie and Knowlesy. The Jets brought great pressure to the task at hand and caused 17 turnovers through the first term, which contributed to our 19 to five inside 50 count. Decler, Pettigrew, Burls and Rourkie all started strongly, as the Jets used quick hands and creative switching across the half back line to create open play. A tricky wind made accurate goal kicking in the earlier games a challenge, and it was no better after 2pm. The score line at quarter time was 3.5 to one behind.
Fin Brown opened his account early in the second quarter after a strong mark in the square. Clean ball movement resulted in a goal to Rourkie, and Robbie passed accurately to Dougie who was stoked to be back in the team and on the board. Cam Evans was giving away around 10kg to his opponent in the ruck, but held his own, and his intensity on the ball at ground level was great. Fin slotted his second from the boundary in front of the Ladies’ Day function, then Jono added his name to the goal kickers list 17 minutes into the term. Petters’ second and third efforts were great to watch, as were Jack McDonald’s tackling and work in close. Oders and Colombo dashed through the middle to hand Fin his third, then Fin’s speccy in the square finished in his fourth for the quarter. The Jets led 70 to one at the long break, with a tackle count of 47 for the half pleasing Coach Joel Cordwell.
The opposition brought increased intensity to the third term as they went man on man. Oders kicked an opportunistic goal in the square and Colombo took a deep mark then kicked accurately for a major from a tight angle. Most of the quarter was played in our defence, but our backline held firm with Sverns and Honey directing traffic, and Casini working tirelessly. Oders capitalised on a rare entry to our forward line with a nice snap to give us a 91 to nine margin at the last change.
The Jets peppered the goals early in the last quarter, before Oders registered his third for the day after shrugging multiple tackles in the shadows of the scoreboard and kicking truly from the boundary. Fin took another speccy and kicked his fifth, then soccered a Maradona-style sixth as the Jets had all the play in our attack. Wade had the biggest smile of the day on his face after threading a major through from the boundary, and intense forward pressure led to Colombo’s second. Bailey and Knowlsey continued the succession of goals before the Fin show lit up again with his seventh, then his eighth in front of the Club 300 members who rose as one. Colombo’s kick off the ground for his third for the game nailed the 149 point win to the Jets, who now reload for the big clash against Boronia next week.
Chirnside Park 1.4-10
Goal Kickers: F. Brown 8, L. Odermatt 3, C. Colombo 3, B. Stevens 2, R. Burleigh, L. Douglas, T. Rourke, J. Knudsen, A. Pettigrew, W. Van Leeuwen, D. Knowles
Best Players: F. Brown, A. Pettigrew, L. Casini, L. Odermatt, M. Decler, J. McDonald
Past Players Arthur Cutting Award
Matt Decler – 76
Fin Brown – 69
Leigh Odermatt – 51
Brent English – 41
Chris Colombo -32
For the D Squad clash against Chirnside Park the Jets welcomed Khaige, Rivers, Batters, Jordy and Ash into the team. The first term got off to a scrappy start, before Dave O opened our account collecting the ball over the back of the contest and running into an open goal. Tay followed with a goal from a free in the square. Lachie held his own in the ruck against a much bigger opponent, helping us take a 15 points to zero lead at quarter time. Coach Guido Van der Wal was happy with the efforts of Ben and Derrs, but wanted more yap across the board.
Jordy opened our account in the second, then Dave O soccered off the ground for our fourth of the day. Batters was in everything across half forward, and Beazer was dynamic with his golden fist and rebound from defence. Henry displayed his usual skills and composure, and Connor's endeavour and attack on the ball were terrific. The Jets controlled play for most of the second term but were not capitalizing on the board. The lead of 31 to zero at half time did not tell the true picture.
A great first clearance from Ben to start the second half ended up with Josh Kral in the pocket who threaded the ball through congestion for a major. Derrs got on the end of a series of handballs to register a major, then Krally kicked truly on his non-preferred right for his second in four mins. Nick Sellar laid a cracking tackle in the guts which caused a turnover and led to Krally’s third in six minutes. Connor hit up a sharp lead from Lachie who kicked truly. Dave O took a strong contested mark and goal, then a fantastic transition goal to Derrs was the result of great communication, switching and sharing. Ash snapped truly around the corner, Derrs saluted again, then Jordan Gasparini made it a 10 goal quarter and we lead by 88 points at the last change. 38 to 10 handball receives in the quarter said it all.
The final term was a bit more congested, but an early highlight was Lachie's strong lead and mark, followed by his Michael Holding run up, helicopter punt, and Nathan Lyon off-break that somehow went through for a goal (at least that's something like the way his old man described it). The final nod goes to a play that the Coach instructed from the box, and players executed to perfection ... Connor tapped over the back of boundary throw-in to Godra who zigged and zagged through a tight pack then calmly executed a right foot bender on the run from the boundary - goal of the day for sure. The Jets ran out 110 point victors with a fine display of run and carry, sharing the work on forward entries, and the coaching panel found it hard to pick best in a great team performance.
Chirnside Park 1.0-6
Goal Kickers: J. Kral 3, J. Hendriks 3, D. O'Brien 3, J. Gasparini 2, L. Sverns 2, J. Francis, T. Van Der Wal, A. O'Driscoll
Best Players: J. Kral, J. Leithhead, H. Ballard, C. Van Der Wal, B. Irvine, J. Hendriks
Past Players Ron Smith Award
Chirnside Park travelled to The Hangar for our Round 6 match up in what loomed as a danger game for the U/19’s going by previous results. We welcomed Callum Norris back from Eastern Ranges and Callum Crook was playing his first game in blue and gold.
The first quarter was dominated by Heathmont with the boys taking a 27 point lead into the break with a four goal to zero quarter. Our midfield was dominating the clearances, we were laying plenty of tackles and providing plenty of pressure with Chirnside Park not knowing what to do with the footy when they got it with plenty of panic kicks.
The second saw more of the same with another four goal to one quarter giving us a 46 point lead at the main break. Lachie Purkis, Taylor Wallace, Angus Puddy and Trey Braione were killing them around the contest and Cal Norris was showing his class on a wing. The backline led by Harry Isaacs, Nathan Amos, Joel Gosbell, Jack Farrall, Declan Browne and Mikey Palmer thwarted every forward thrust by Chirnside. In the absence of Reuben Brown, Kane Ponton stood up in the ruck and was getting first hands on the ball at every stoppage setting up our midfield.
Trent Schubert up forward set the tone for the third quarter taking a strong mark and kicking an early goal. Jack McNeil chimed in with two quick goals as well which set up our best quarter for the year. We kicked 8.2 to 2.0 to give us a commanding 84 point lead at three quarter time. Our ball movement, overlap run and use of handball led to some great passages of play which were finished off by Trent Wynne, Nick Harrison, Trey (2) and Cam Osborne who all kicked goals for the quarter.
The fourth quarter was again dominated by Heathmont jumpers streaming downfield into our forward line with the highlight being Harley Kielblock’s goal on the run which was his first goal for the season and topped off a dominant 109 point victory to the boys. This was our best performance for the season by a mile.
We now sit third on the ladder with a huge game coming up this week against Boronia who are second. If we can win this game it will set up a nice run coming into the Queens Birthday bye where we can have a break, recharge and have us ready to launch into the rest of the season.
Chirnside Park 3.4-22
Goal Kickers: J. McNeil 3, C. Osborne 2, J. Dove 2, T. Braione 2, N. Harrison 2, T. Wynne 2, C. Norris 2, J. Herring, L. Purkis, T. Schubert, H. Kielblock, H. Annal
Best Players: L. Purkis, C. Norris, T. Wallace, A. Puddy, K. Ponton, T. Wynne
Past Players Eileen Marsh Award
The Women’s side were going for their third win in a row and up against a team that won by 58 points the last time they met.
It was a very even game with both teams well matched, the Jets had the wind in the first and managed to kick a goal but it was points that they were adding to the score board. The opposition were more accurate in front of goal to kick two against the wind and take in a lead at quarter time by just four points.
Both teams were very competitive in the second with the Jets kicking a quick goal to take the lead and a great save on the siren kept the opposition scoreless. The Jets took in a three point lead at the main break.
The third quarter was more of the same but it was Chirnside that managed the break through goal and take in a four point lead at the last break.
The flood gates opened in the last with both teams making the most of their opportunities in front of goal. A fantastic effort by the girls to kick 4.3 in the last to win by nine points and secure their third win in a row, and a great effort by Jess Saunders kicking three goals in the team’s win.
The Women have a bye this week and the next game is against Knox at Shultz Reserve at 2pm Saturday 26th.
Chirnside Park 5.3-33
Goal Kickers: Jess Saunders 3, Michaela Martz, Emily Eversteyn, Holly Gell
Best Players: Jess Saunders, Georgia Speedy, Beck Sevior, Holly Gell, Emma Gosbell, Lauren Strachan.