Match Reports: Round 13 vs Ringwood


It was a much anticipated clash against neighbours Ringwood and a return bout for the Parker Family Cup which sits with Ringwood.

Thursday night teams saw yet another new look team due to forced changes, it was a new look backline where we had the Viking taking on Ringwood’s goal machine Trent Farmer.

Unfortunately the writer couldn’t stay for the match and was appreciative that it was the game of the day and could catch snippets…. so will give a summary courtesy of Matt Fotia from the EFL:


A freezing cold weekend, which threatened rain, gave us extreme wind chill and occasionally tempted us with sunshine. It also gave us plenty of complications and realisations as we turn the last corner and head into the final straight of 2018. Here’s five things we learnt from the weekend…

Redbacks rise to brush off the Jets

The newly-refurbished Jubilee Park hosted the second instalment of the Parker Cup for 2018 as the injury-ravaged Jets came to play.

Heathmont coach Joel Cordwell caught everyone by surprise when he swung Ben Abbruzzese down back to lock onto Trent Farmer.

The move came out as a masterstroke as Abbruzzese matched Farmer’s strength and explosiveness. Farmer was forced to move higher up the ground to influence the contest in what must be considered a massive win for the Jets, especially as they headed into the main break with a lead.

The Redbacks identified the stoppages and contested possessions as the key areas where they needed to improve and improve they did. Led by Mitch Farmer their on-ball brigade as they almost assaulted the Jets midfield, nullifying Brent English’s impact around the stoppages and played the second half entirely on their terms.

The most pleasing aspect for Ringwood fans was the spread of goal-kicking options with the absence of a Farmer bag. Zach Callinan kicked three in a great small forward performance, Mitchell Jacobs was impressive in the second half with two goals, as five others hit the scoresheet.

For Heathmont, there are positives. The aforementioned performance of Abbruzzese, Fin Brown and Leigh Odermatt are combining well up forward and they’re testing their depth which should come in handy come finals time – the Jets will still be a force come September.


It was a great first half effort that saw the Jets in front at the main break --- but the second half saw Ringwood gradually overrun and take the points and the Parker Family Cup stay at Jubilee Park --- until next year!

The medals presented by each club went to Zac Callinan at Ringwood and to Ben Abbruzzese for the Jets.

Ringwood 10.11-71

Heathmont 7.11-53

Goal Kickers: L. Odermatt 2, F. Brown 2, B. English , J. Hendriks, L. Douglas

Best Players: B. Abbruzzese, G. Conyers, R. Young, B. English , D. Knowles, M. Decler


Another limited Match Report due to illness… so it can be creative!

With the Under 19’s having a bye that weekend it was great to see some of the boys back up to help out the team given the forced changes that saw quite a few changes in the Seniors side. Thanks to Lachie Purkis, Declan Browne. Kaighe Stenson, Jack McNeil and Joel Gosbell for stepping up.

The Dsquad is currently sitting in third spot by percentage, so must keep winning to ensure they get that second chance at finals time.

On a perfect sunny Winter’s day, and big crowds forming, the first quarter saw an even contest on the newly laid ground at Jubliee Park, with only five points in the game at the first break. The Squad began attacking the goals in the second, but inaccuracy was keeping Ringwood in the game. At half time the Jets held a 15 point lead and had managed to keep Ringwood scoreless for the quarter.

The big ground at Jubliee was certainly testing both teams fitness but the squad continued from where they had left off at half time, attacking the goal and had what appeared to be an unassailable lead at the last break of 25 points. Keeping the opposition to just three points for the quarter. The squad overran the Redbacks in the last running out 40 point winners on the day and keeping their third spot on the ladder safe. It was great to see AMac coming back into form with three goals! And contributors from the whole team.

This week’s game against Boronia, who are on equal points but below the Jets on percentage, will be a crucial and must win match.

Ringwood 2.5-17

Heathmont 8.9-57

Goal Kickers: A. McIntosh 3, J. Gasparini 2, J. Kral, J. Leithhead, T. Van Der Wal

Best Players: J. Gasparini, C. Van Der Wal, A. McIntosh, N. Parker, B. Irvine, J. Gosbell

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