After the bye last weekend the players were well rested for the home clash against Boronia. The club hosted the Past Players function, which included three Premiership Reunions, so there was a lot of support on hand at the Hangar. Three changes to the team saw Dyl Sverns, David Sindrey and Jake Sherriff return to the Senior side as the Jets look to reverse the outcome of the four point loss to Boronia in the see-sawing clash back in Round 7.
The first quarter was one to forget for the Jets, so there won’t be a long commentary about it here! Boronia were more efficient and dominated the play, as demonstrated by the inside 50 count of 21 to 6. The Jets were beaten in contests, missed targets and made mistakes, resulting in 17 turnovers for the quarter. Boronia had 12 scoring shots to our one, and we trailed by 41 points at the first change. Coach Joel Cordwell made it clear that the scoreboard was not representative of the difference between the two teams, and urged the boys to run and carry and increase the handball receives count. An early blow to the home side saw Knowlesy off injured in the first term.
Heathmont’s first goal came at the five min mark of the second term from the boot of Oders. A quick reply from the opposition followed, but then Ben was awarded a free kick in the forward pocket and converted for our second goal. Oders threaded his second with a long bomb set shot, then minutes later took a great leaping grab and slotted his third. Momentum was shifting to the home team and a great passage of play that started in front of the coach’s box saw Cam handball to Lumbo in space, who fired a bullet pass to Oders, who in turn kicked deep to the square where Boof crumbed the contest and dribbled a great team goal. Our midfield was starting to win clearances through Brent and Gaz, and one of these from Gaz found Oders 50 metres out on the boundary, and of course he kicked truly! Our six goal quarter closed the gap and saw the Jets trailing 40 to 60 at the long break.
The third term was a goalless period of missed chances for both teams, with the Jets registering six behinds, and the visitors five behinds. Forward pressure was good, exemplified by Cam intercepting a kick in, then desperately smothering moments later. In the mean time the defenders held up their side of the deal with great rebounding from Decler, Sherriff and Cookie. Dyl was always hard to beat one on one, and his smothered touch on ball late in the term prevented a certain goal. It was an even quarter on the stats board, and at the last break the Jets were down by just over three goals. In keeping with the theme of the day from the coaching panel, Justin O’Dwyer urged the Jets to “Run, Run, Run” in the last quarter.
The oppo kicked the first of final term with a snap out of pack to make the task for the home team a little harder. A couple of points, including a poster had the Jets rueing missed opportunities. Lumbo was infringed and took the most of his chance to kick a much needed major, to bring the margin back to three goals at the nine minute mark. The ball spent plenty of time in our attack, as the pressure from both sides generated repeat stoppages. Petters made something from nothing with desperate defence right in front of Boronia’s goal to win a one on two contest and prevent what would have been a gimme goal to the visitors. Brent had the vocal home crowd on their feet at the 21 minute mark when his major reduced the margin to a couple of goals. With only a couple of minutes to go Oders kicked into space for Lumbo who ran onto it and goaled from 40 to make the margin less than a goal in a nail biting finish. Both teams threw everything at the last couple of minutes as the ball went back and forward, but neither team scored and the Jets fell four points short, the same margin as the first time the teams met earlier this year, but in a very different type of game.
Goal Kickers: L. Odermatt 4, C. Colombo 2, B. Abbruzzese, B. Stevens, B. English
Best Players: M. Decler, L. Odermatt, B. English , G. Conyers, L. Grierson, J. Sherriff
Past Player Awards – Jim and Dorothy Kerr
1st Brent English - 80
2nd Leigh Odermatt - 68
3rd Ryan Young - 46
4th Chris Colombo - 36
5th Bailey Stevens - 38
It was a must win match for the DSquad this week to make claim on third place and double chance at finals time. The last time the two teams played, Boronia ran out convincing winners so it was with determination and must-win attitude that the boys took the field on Saturday. The team welcomed back Truck, Ders, from the Seniors, Deckers from his holiday, Robby Woods and Jono from injury and a familiar face in Chris Nayna back in for his first game of the season.
It was a fast opening with a dribbling goal off the foot of Jesse Francis within the first minute - a sign of things to come. Then another from the boot of Josh Kral. Godra took a mark in front of goal but kicked to Robby Wood closer in who kicked truly. When AMac threaded through another we had four on the board and Boronia were yet to score. Jono was in everything and when finding himself a recipient of a free kick found Connor Van Der Wal running past who then found the safe hands of Woods for another goal. In the last passage of play before the siren, Parks went up for a mark near the 50 metre mark but didn’t quite hold it, Jordan Gasparini was crumbing and picked up the ball and kicked towards goal square and the players watched it bounce through for the sixth of the quarter. A blistering first quarter by the Jets to take a 40 point lead in at the first break.
Boronia shook themselves off in the second and it was a more hotly contested quarter of football with goals hard to come by. The ball was going from backline to backline with little break through and points by both sides. Tay featured this quarter with a goal early, followed by another from a running passage of play by Godra out of the centre with a quick kick to the goal line and Tay for his second for the quarter. Half time saw the Jets lead by 29 points.
It was great to see Chris Nayna back in the ruck and the players taking full advantage. In what might just be the goal of the day, Amac got into the action running through the pack scooping up the ball and running into the goal square to kick it straight through the middle! Boronia were struggling to get a score on the board. In one of the plays of the day, Benny Irvine crumbs a tap in from the boundary and spins around kicks and goals. In another passage, a play from the opposition’s 50 saw Benny in amongst it again and on the run kicks towards the square where Woods is front and centre and it’s another goal on the board. Woods kicked another on an angle after accepting a mark from Tay. As the third quarter closes the lead is 49 points with a four goal to one quarter.
It’s a great team effort by all the players so far and the last opens again with Irvine running down the wing into the 50 metre mark where he switches play to Nick Seller who kicks truly. Seller featured again when receiving a free, passed it off to Godra who was on a better angle and goaled. Another couple of goals to end of the quarter and see the DSquad come home by 52 points and a double chance!
After the game the coach said:- ‘ It was a wonderful game of football by the boys today, they played the type of brand of football that anyone would come and watch. We won the footy, we ran, spread and carried, we used our options, and played team football, totally unselfish. The team played four quarters of football’. He could also see that the boys are improving with each game which is putting us in good stead for the finals campaign.
Goal Kickers: R. Wood 4, T. Van Der Wal 3, J. Francis 2, A. McIntosh 2, N. Seller 2, J. Gasparini, J. Kral, B. Irvine
Best Players: R.Wood, J.Francis, B.Irvine, J.Merrett, A.McIntosh, N.Sellar
Past Players Ron Smith Award
The U/19’s hosted Boronia in what was a big game for both teams with Boronia sitting one spot and four points behind us on the ladder in third place in what was a classic “8 point game”. The emphasis pre-game was to get off to a fast start and that’s exactly what we did.
We won the first clearance through Kane Ponton’s great ruck work and our midfield of Purkis, Braione and Wallace used quick hands to get the ball to JJ Dove who slotted through a great goal on the run. The next clearance was the same result with a big mark and goal to Reuben Brown who we welcomed back after a long injury break. So the first two clearances resulted in two goals. Another goal to Cam Osborne and another two to Reuben finished off a five goal to one quarter and we went into the break with a 24 point lead.
Second quarters have been a struggle for us all season and today was no different. We only managed to kick one goal to Boronia’s two with our backline of Isaacs, Gosbell, Browne, Palmer, Farrell and Amos standing tall. Nathan Amos was playing his best game for the season using his speed to get out of trouble and we went into halftime with a 16 point lead.
The third quarter saw us start to assert ourselves with a clever rover’s goal to Jack McNeil and a goal of the year contender to Lachie Purkis who took the ball from the backline to the forward line with pure determination and finished it off with a great goal. More goals to JJ and Reuben finished off a four goal to three goal quarter but inaccuracy was starting to become a factor as we also kicked five points for the quarter. Our lead was out to 28 points.
We started the last quarter in spectacular fashion but the first five scoring shots were all behinds with JJ missing three goals he should have kicked before he finally got one on line and kicked his fourth for the day in a best on ground performance. An unselfish bit of play from McNeil with a lovely pass to Taylor Wallace set up our final goal of the game and a comfortable 33 point win. We kicked 6.11 after halftime so the result really should have been a lot bigger had we kicked straight. Bring on Templestowe next week in what shapes as another big game.
Goal Kickers: J Dove 4, R Brown 4, C Osborne, J McNeil, L Purkis, T Wallace
Best Players: J Dove, T Braione, L Purkis, N Amos, D Browne, J McNeil
Past Players Eileen Marsh Award