The Jets ventured to Templestowe to play on a deck that is in similarly good condition to HE Parker. The changes this week saw the return of AMc to the seniors, plus the selection of first gamers Henry Ballard and Jordan Gasparini.
Templestowe ran out as a fairly tall team, and it was a couple of their bigger guys who kicked their first quarter goals. The first of the day for the Jets came after a strong mark to Cam, who dished off by hand to Brent, who in turn hit up Fin on the lead, and a goal followed from a tight angle. Boof then crumbed a boundary throw in and passed to to Fin at the top of the square who outmarked his opponent and registered his second goal. Burls and Gaz were busy in the midfield, and Henry got his hands on the pill with a nice intercept mark midway through the term. It was goal for goal as Brent drove a penetrating kick to AMc in the goal square in space, and his major left scores level at the 23 minute mark, which was the result at quarter time. The Jets were down on inside 50’s but otherwise the stats board showed little between the teams. Coach Joel Cordwell was looking for more composure and pressure on contest heading into the second quarter.
The opposition kicked the first of the term. Riff affected a super spoil to save a certain goal, but the Dockers manufactured a major from a contest soon after to extend their lead. Brent continued racking up clearances, but we conceded a third then fourth goal inside the first 16 minutes of the term. Skill errors were costly in this period. The opposition were switching effectively, and several missed shots on goal from the Jets prevented the gap closing. AMc had several inside 50's including one to Fin who kicked truly for his third goal, and the first of the term for the Jets, at the 24 min mark. We trailed 45 to 29 at half time and had work to do to get back on level pegging.
The third quarter started better with Brent finding Burls, who kicked to Fin for a good overhead mark and his fourth goal. Defence was turned into attack through run and carry by the Jets, who were back in the game when a snap from Oders sailed through the middle. The contested footy had been better, and the ball certainly spent longer in the Jet's half, but Templestowe pushed forward against the run of play and managed a goal, then again soon after. As this was going on the Jets missed shots on goal, and the oppo extended their lead back to 20 points at the last change. The stats board said that we were smashed in the uncontested marks and switches, and the instruction to the players was to go man on man and outwork their opposition.
Cam worked hard and rucked well against taller opponents through the day, and Cookie was good in defence. Ben A lifted in the final term and was repeatedly strong in the contests. Riff was crunched but dusted himself off and returned to the field after a brief spell on the pine. Neither team could find the goals in the first 11 minutes of the quarter as the play became congested. Oders got the scoreboard ticking again for the Jets from deep in the pocket, then was involved in the play in the next forward entry. Ben sent a scud missile pass to Fin whose shot on goal was smothered, but a neat ground ball gather then snapped goal by first gamer Jordie reduced the margin to seven points at the 14 minute mark. Lumbo's dart pass to Oders became a long goal from very wide and the Jets crowd rose as one as we moved to within a point with 19 minutes gone. Our boys were winning more contested ball as Oders was again in the play, passing to Fin who held a nice slips catch then goalled to put the Jets up by five points at the 21 minute mark. The Oppo went forward, but missed two shots on goal and the intensity grew. Templestowe was awarded a downfield free in the forward line and made the most of it to break the Jets hearts as we went down by three points.
Goal Kickers: F. Brown 5, L. Odermatt 3, A. McIntosh, J. Gasparini
Best Players: B. English , J. Sherriff, G. Conyers, F. Brown, L. Odermatt, L. Grierson
The sun was out as the team ventured to Templestowe for another must win match to hold on to third spot on the ladder and the double chance. With Jordan Gasparini and Henry Ballard getting their chance in the Seniors, we saw the return of Robby Savory and Ali Kndsen, as well as Dave O’Brien return to the side.
The boys let their intentions be known within the first minute of play when Shorty accepted the tap from Nayna kicked across to Dougie who found Godra with a long kick saw Rob Wood mark right on the line and goal. It was long before it was down there again and Connor Van Der Wal kicked our second. Nayna was controlling the ruck and tapping beautifully to the advantage of our midfielders, and in a text book display Nayna tapped to Al Knudsen running through the centre who found Nick Sellar who kicked our third goal for the match. Truck was in amongst it too, taking a strong mark in front of goal and kicking truly. Ben Irvine was also taking full advantage of Nayna’s tap outs in possibly the play of the first quarter, which say a chain of handballs and kicks from the centre. Starting with Ben, to Truck, to Sellar which saw the ball in the forward pocket near the boundary line a punch by Savory found the hands of Godra and our fifth goal was on the board inside of fifteen minutes. The shell-shocked opposition then started to contest the ball more in the closing stages of the quarter and were going in hard with some bruising bumps as well. They managed to score a goal but quarter time saw the Jets lead by 24 points.
Nayna was still dominating in the ruck at the opening of the second quarter and the ball was again down in our forward inside the first minute. Our first goal came from a play that saw Dougie get the ball from a boundary throw in which found Savory who tapped over his head to Wood for a goal. The boys were putting on a display of how to run and carry the ball and score. We were peppering the goals but the Tempy defence was standing strong and it was more points on the board than goals at one stage. Dave O marked from an opposition out of bounds kick and found Savory who goaled. In another running passage of play a running Daniel Wynne found Savory who in turn kicked to Taylor Van Der Wal who somehow managed to evade the opposition and kick our third for the quarter. At the main break it was 39 point ball game.
It was another blitz by the DSquad in the third quarter, although we were down to two on the bench with injuries to Rob Wood and Scott Issacs seeing them take no further part. The first goal of the quarter came from a series of handpasses and kicks from the opposition’s forward line to see Tay mark in front of goal and slot it through. Ben was seemingly running everywhere out of the centre and found himself on the scoreboard with a goal. Savory was patrolling the forward line this quarter and with strong delivery from upfield kicked three goals from strong marks, and one from a free. Everyone was playing their part. The opposition were finding it very hard to penetrate and make an impact on the scoreboard. It was another five goal quarter and the lead was out to 62 points at the last break.
All the team were playing their part, Ders was in amongst it and it was great to see Dylan Robson-Long also get quite a few touches. Parks was directing traffic at various stages and Justin Ballard was making his presence felt. Savory was strong in front of goal again in the last but had some company this quarter. He kicked the first goal, Ders managed to kick the next out of a pack, Godra took an intercept mark and found Parks who found Truck for our third for the quarter. Savory was in it again with an intercept mark from a kick out and found Davey O for a goal. Sellar also chipped in for his second for the day. When the siren sounded the DSquad found themselves with a big win by 91 points and keeping hold of third spot and the double chance!
It was another display of team work today with everyone playing their part and they look as though they are hitting their straps at the right time of the season…
Goal Kickers: R. Savory 5, T. Van Der Wal 2, J. Merrett 2, R. Wood 2, N. Seller 2, J. Francis, D. O'Brien, B. Irvine, J. Hendriks, C. Van Der Wal
Best Players: J. Ballard, J. Merrett, D. Robson-Long, R. Savory, J. Hendriks, B. Irvine
The colts travelled to Templestowe on a beautiful, almost Spring like morning looking for our tenth win on the trot. With Tempy sitting fourth on the ladder and having beaten top team Waverley Blues two weeks ago we were ready for a tough game.
The first quarter was a battle of attrition with neither side able to gain an advantage with only one goal kicked for the quarter by Reuben Brown at full forward. We kept them to one solitary point and went into quarter time with a slender seven point lead.
The second quarter saw us start to get on top and assert our authority as we slowly wore them down. We kicked unanswered goals to Max Scotti, after a clever bit of unselfish play from Trent Wynne, Brown kicked his second, Wynne got on the board himself, Lachie Purkis kicked a captain’s goal and Jimmy Von Eitzen, playing his first game of the year after a serious ankle injury in the pre-season, also kicked a great goal. Tempy kicked a late goal themselves and we went into halftime with a 32 point lead. This was our best second quarter of the year, we dominated and were brimming with confidence coming into the second half.
We started the third quarter with a flurry of behinds and our pressure all over the ground was starting to tell on Templestowe with their players very hesitant and not wanting to put their heads over the footy. Finally Wynne kicked his second goal, followed by Brown’s third then Liam Coghlan, who came up from the Under 17’s with Ben North to help us out, kicked two quick goals to set up a commanding 61 point lead at three quarter time. Our backline was repelling everything that came their way with Jack Farrell and Joel Gosbell playing their best games for the year across halfback and as usual Harry Isaacs was marking everything that came his way.
We were playing our best footy for the season and now was the time to put together four quarters. Kane Ponton and Tent Schubert were both fantastic in the ruck against much bigger opponents. They finally wore them down and were giving first use of the ball to our midfielders who were able to take full control. Brown kicked his fourth and fifth goals from strong leads, Will Deerbon chimed in with a nice goal, Cam Osborne kicked two goals to cap off his best game for the year and Jack McNeil snapped one from near the point post to finish things off and cap off a commanding 96 point victory,
This was our best performance for the year against quality opposition with every one of the 24 players contributing something. We will be very hard to beat in the finals if we play like this. Bring on Chirnside Park this week!
Goal Kickers: R. Brown 5, C. Osborne 2, L. Coghlan 2, T. Wynne 2, W. Deerbon, M. Scotti, J. Von Eitzen, J. McNeil, L. Purkis
Best Players: J. Farrell, J. Gosbell, H. Isaacs, K. Ponton, T. Schubert, C. Osborne