The Jets welcomed back Gary Conyers, Ben Abbruzzese, Jarrod Spurrell, Robbie Wood and Ben Irvine for the clash against Boronia. The ground was in great condition, there was minimal wind, and no chance of rain for the top four defining game. Both teams fielded a bevy of young talent, so a fast, skillful game was expected.
Boronia registered the first major, but the Jets replied quickly through Oders just six minutes into the game. Fresh from his dominant performance last week, Fin Brown was infringed a few minutes later, kicked truly, and the Jets hit the front. Truck drove out of the centre square, before Brent English took a strong mark then fired a 50m missile to Fin who took advantage and registered his second. Soon after Fin was shepherded out of contest and kicked his third for the term. Great run and quick hands through the midfield led to Oders registering his second goal, and the Jets were flying. There was great communication going on in the backline, and intensity on the ball illustrated by our 19 tackles to 11. The Jets took a 17 point lead into the first break.
Boronia pressed hard in the second quarter with multiple inside 50’s early and managed to manufacture a goal from scrappy play. Coach Joel Cordwell sent the runner out to tell the forwards to get back to help the defenders, and moments later Fin saved a Boronia goal with a spoil on the last line of defence. Brent Honey laid a tight tackle to prevent a shot on goal, then spoiled another contest moments later. Dylan Sverns was as composed as ever, and intercepted several forward entries from the Hawks. A high tackle resulted in an oppo goal, then a turnover on the wing led to another and suddenly the scores were level. Boronia were on a roll when they kicked truly again, and just 20 minutes in the quarter there had been 17 inside 50’s to Boronia and only one to the Jets. Argy-bargy broke out in the Boronia forward arc and which sucked some big bodied Jets away from the play and the oppo ruckman sharked the ball from a boundary throw in and kicked a goal to leave the Jets trailing by 10 points at the long break. Most of the quarter was spent in our back half, and the deficit would have been much more if not for Jack Mc, Spuz, and Matt Decler, who were all good overhead in a tough term for the visitors.
The Jets’ future was on display early in the second half as Ryan Burleigh, Ben Irvine, and Bailey Stevens combined across half forward to get the ball to Fin, who marked nicely in the square and kicked his fourth. We had more repeat forward entries but could not capitalise, and conversely Boronia converted with their first forward entry of the term. Gary Conyers’ bold attack on the ball and clearance finished with Ben Abbruzze nailing a crumbing goal. Better ball movement and switching out of the backline led to Robbie Savory taking his opportunity to kick a mid-air goal and put us back in front. Boronia answered to hit the lead again and the Jets went into the last change five points down.
Rourkie opened with the first clearance of the last term. When Fin dished off with quick hands to Youngy the resultant snap put the Jets back in front. Robbie Wood and Brent English were working tirelessly around the ground, but Boronia answered with a set shot from the boundary. At the 17 minute mark Heathmont was back in front via Big Ben who got on the end of clean transition play from our back 50. The eighth lead change of the day went the wrong way with Boronia hitting the front and then holding on for the agonising last seven minutes of the game. The narrow final margin was four points, reflecting the tight arm wrestle that the game had been. The Jets now reload for Templestowe at the Hanger next week.
Goal Kickers: F. Brown 4, L. Odermatt 2, B. Abbruzzese 2, R. Young, R. Savory
Best Players: D. Sverns, J. Spurrell, M. Decler, B. English , R. Wood, L. Odermatt
The DSquad travelled to Tormore Reserve to face an undefeated Boronia last Saturday. With the injured players returned to the Seniors this was another new look side, they welcomed back Lachie Phelan and former junior player Athia Mabior, for their first games for the club this year and were joined by Jono, Dougie, Knowlesy and Wade.
In seemingly perfect conditions with no apparent breeze, which is quite rare at Boronia, they took the field full of expectations. It was a fast game with the ball spending a fair bit of the quarter down their scoring end, and our defenders standing firm and rebounding. Both teams were fighting hard to win the contested football before Boronia finally managed to score the first goal. Lachie Sverns was rucking strongly against a bigger opponent and was making his presence felt around the ground. Unfortunately we couldn’t break through for a goal despite the best efforts of Derrs and Cookie. A lapse in concentration saw Boronia kick two successive goals in the last two minutes of the quarter. In a promising passage of play the next centre knock out was captured by Dougie who kicked to the ever reliable Godra, passing on to Cookie who found a running Jordan Gasparini who in turn found Lachie Phelan in a better position and he kicked a goal literally on the siren. It was a very low scoring quarter and we were down by 11 points.
We had the opportunity in the first minute of play to cut the deficit when Jono found the ball and kicked to Cookie who kicked long only to see it touched on the line. Boronia was definitely applying the pressure and seemed to outnumber the DSquad everywhere they turned, they struggled for clean possession of the football causing turnovers to the opposition’s advantage. Derrs, Lachie S, and Godra were trying to turn the tables, and Henry Bollard was proving very strong in defence. The team just couldn’t seem to get it past the centre. Late in the quarter Lachie, Parks and Doug team up for one of the rare entries into the forward line but were unable to capitalise on the scoreboard. It was a 16 point ball game at half time – certainly not over by a long shot. But being kept goalless that quarter wasn’t a good sign.
It was a more desperate team that hit the ground running in the third quarter, with Jono and Knowlesy trying everything to get it out of the centre and down to the forward line. The ball was in our forward line for the first five minutes of the quarter but Boronia’s defence held firm and they finally managed to get it out and score the first goal of the quarter. The boys were playing desperate football but with no results. Another goal to Boronia saw them extend their lead, in what was a scoreless quarter for the Jets, and we were down by 39 points at the last break.
Pride was on the line in the last and finally a goal, our first since the first quarter, to Tyson Walshe in the first minute of play lifted the players. It was short lived as Boronia kicked a quick reply. They seemed to still have men running free and we weren’t manning up. There was an injury to a Boronia player which held up play for around five minutes and a chance to regroup. But Boronia again extended their lead after this mini break. The ball was up our end for a good part of the quarter but we just couldn’t find the big sticks. It was a very disappointing loss and the boys will have to regroup for their clash next week.
The coach felt the opposition’s workrate was better than ours and they executed their game plan with great results. It’s something we can learn from for the next time we play them and something we need to do ourselves moving forward. We can work harder and smarter.
Goal Kickers: T. Walshe, L. Phelan
Best Players: J. Francis, W. Van Leeuwen, J. Leithhead, J. Knudsen, H. Ballard, L. Douglas
The U/19’s travelled to Tormore Reserve to take on Boronia who were sitting second on the ladder. If we could win this game it would show us where we sit in the pecking order and help establish us as a top three side.
We got off to a good start with an early goal to Trent Schubert but this was soured shortly after when we lost Harry Annal to a serious knee injury at the five minute mark. Unfortunately Harry will not play again this season after rupturing his ACL, medial and lateral ligaments in what looked to be just a normal contest which is terrible bad luck for the kid. We managed to steady after this with goals to Kane Ponton and Lachie Purkis to go into quarter time with a handy 19 point lead.
The second quarter was more of a battle with Boronia kicking two goals to our one and inaccuracy was starting to hurt us as we were dominating around the ground and the inside 50 count but couldn’t hit the scoreboard. As usual our backline was solid led by Harry Isaacs, Joel Gosbell and Declan Browne across halfback and Jack McNeil across half forward was marking everything and brought other players into the game with his clever handball and kicking. At halftime our lead had been cut to 16 points.
The third quarter saw us come out and dominate but again we couldn’t hurt them on the scoreboard. Trey Braione missed three shots in a row he would normally kick and from 19 inside 50’s we kicked 3.6. Our forward pressure was immense and we were able to lock it in but we couldn’t put them away. The midfield was starting to get on top winning the clearances with JJ Dove playing his best game for the year. However, they went inside 50 only three times and kicked two goals which really frustrated the coaches. We went into three quarter time with a handy 28 point lead.
The last quarter was more of the same with us peppering the goals but kicking behinds, we kicked 1.5 for the quarter and kept them scoreless to run out convincing winners by 39 points. If we are to trouble Waverley Blues at the end of the year we need to make sure we take our opportunities and put good teams away. A return of 4.11 after halftime was incredibly frustrating but the win was very pleasing. We look forward to tackling fifth placed Templestowe at The Hangar this week and cementing out top three spot.
Goal Kickers: C Osborne 2, J Dove, L Purkis, K Ponton, J Sedunary, C Norris, T Schubert
Best Players: H Isaacs J McNeil J Dove D Browne T Wallace J Farrell