Jets League Coach Brad McAuliffe addresses young-gun Alex Black
JETS COMPLETE QUINELLA V BAYSWATER
Saturday 25th April 2015 - article by Richard LeighAnother weekend; another exciting round of fixtures for the Jets. This weekend our Colts had a bye due to the GTM down South. This was a strange decision from the league as GTM is on Sunday and although "some" people would go down on a Friday Night - it was probably more likely that the Sun night would be hard with the public holiday in Perth.
The Jets headed to Hilcrest Reserve with their League and Reserve squads; and a large number of Colts being given an opportunity to prove themselves in the open age squads.
Reserves started the day with some wasteful football against a strong breeze and although they dominated play; it really took until the last few minutes of the first quarter for them to stamo their authority on the contest. The reserves has a 2.5 lead heading into the first break. After 1/4 time it was all Jandakot however - with Mr. Ferrero playing a circus act up forward missing the sitters and kicking the impossible. The Red and White all over the park were dominating the contest and again Patto at Full back was doing a stella job on a much bigger and taller opponent.
Special mentionsto ex-Junior Steve Jones who returned to the club for his 2nd Senior Game. Whilst his kicking was a little, well, let's say - skew-iff - his ability to take opponents on wasn't. He also capped his performance with a 50m bombed goal in the final quarter. Another to impress was Lakey in the Ruck. First game our of Colts for the tall ranger - and he wasn't taking a backward step against much taller opposition. He certainly didn't look out of place in the Magoos and will play alot of League footy for the club in the years to come.
Going into the League game it was always going to be difficult to assess where the team stood as we have a number of "kids" making their League debut's for the club. Alex Black who was fresh out of Junior football, but on a match winning display with 3 goals; including a goal with his first kick in League Footy! Daniel Matera also playing his first game, was instrumental around the ground, using his speed to cut off Bayswater offensive efforts around the wings and pump the ball back inside the Jets 50.
Old head's little Willy, Big Ern and "The Duck" were solid all day - impressively, Willy raked up 20 tackles for the game including 7 in the final quarter (Will was also nominated BOG by Bayswater). He has always been fond of the male grapple.
After an up and down first two games; Braydon Sampey turned out his best performance for the season and capped it off with a 55m goal in the third quarter against the tide of play.
The Jets were in control most of the game in a low scoring encounter, but did concede the final 3 goals of the third quarter (all to the Bayswater MAN MOUNTAIN in their goal square) to give the home side a sniff. Fortunately in the last, when Bayswater drew within 4 points, all the Jets players rallied and re-discovered the 1%'ers (tackling, shepherding, pressure (on and off ball)) to maintain the lead until the final kick of the game.
CHEER CHEER THE RED AND THE WHITE