Round 11 - 17th July 2016

Under 10's vs Yarra Glen

In beautiful conditions on top of the mountain, the young bloods took on a big and strong Yarra Glen side in what was a great game of Under 10's footy.

The Jets got off to a good start looking dangerous in the opening term as they put our backline under some early pressure. Our on all brigade of Isaac Tonkin, Campbell Hutchin and Nick Reid were working hard whilst our backline were defending well keeping the jets to two points for the quarter.
Kicking towards the club rooms, the young bloods stepped up the intensity in the second quarter with the ball in our forward line for the majority of the quarter.  Ned Ford navigated his way through traffic to snap a clever goal on his left foot to kick our first for the day. It was also great to see Sam Blenkiron attacking the ball strongly and imposing himself on the contest.
The third quarter saw our captain of the day Grace Belloni dominate the ruck in what was
an even contest. Both sides were working really hard as they put on a great display of hard and tough under 10's football which I am sure impressed all the parents and spectators alike.
The scene was set for a cracking last quarter which was certainly what we got. The Young Bloods worked very hard in locking the ball in our forward line where the game was played for the majority of the quarter... It  was great  to see the team being rewarded for their efforts courtesy of a long kick by Luca Smith that sailed through the big sticks with the support of the strong breeze. This was followed up shortly after with young Aden Bates taking his time and going back to kick an impressive set shot goal with a big kick to secure our third goal for the day.
Another great game by the Under 10's.  I am really happy with the way the team has performed this season as they continue to impress week in week out.
Well done team!!!

Under 12's v Yarra Glen

The weather was sunny and windy, facing Yarra Glen at home.  We started off very slow again with Yarra Glen kicking 4.3.27 to 0.0.0.

We showed a bit more spirit in the 2nd quarter with Yarra Glen kicking 1.2.8 to 0.0.0.
The 2nd half was a lot more competitive, with Lachie, Rian and Liam doing a great job in the ruck and around the ground. We held Yarra Glen to just 1 point.
We went into the last quarter quietly confident we would kick a couple of goals with a strong wind behind us. We dominated the quarter but could only manage 2 points.
We kept Yarra Glen scoreless. Great effort boys, however we need to be switched on right from the start of the game.  Fantastic to see charlie back on the field well done.
Todays award winners were, Liam, Hamish S, Xander and Charlie, Well Done Boys!!!!

Adam and Mick.

Under 14's v Yarra Glen

Another big challenge for the group today as we hosted 4th placed Yarra Glen in near perfect conditions at Olinda. Not only the quality of the opposition stood in the way, but the ability to back up after such a huge result the previous week. We talked to the boys about consistency, across games and from week to week. High on the agenda was again our work in close – to remain strong and aggressive at ground level, and to be clean by hand so as to try and gain control of the ball as much as possible.

We certainly began in strong fashion against a 2-3 goal breeze, as we continually attacked the Golf Course end of the ground. It was difficult pin-pointing with our kicking but our linking handball was really on from the start. We hit the scoreboard early with 2 goals, but the key was our defensive efforts right across the ground. Yarra Glen kicked a late goal to finish the quarter which bounced nearly 40 metres with the wind, it was unlucky in a sense but it meant game on. We certainly began to take control of the game in the 2nd term, for although we were kicking with the wind, it was again our all ground defensive pressure which really shut Yarra Glen down. We really stepped our tackling up, and we really locked down one on one and allowed no space to move. A 3 goal to 0 term gave us an even 4 goal break at ½ time and the challenge was now truly placed in front of the boys. Last week against Emerald, we came in at the main break in a very similar position, and we blew that position in the space of 7-8 minutes – today there was to be no drop off – 15 consistent minutes of football to set up the last term.

Yarra Glen came out and kicked the first goal inside 45 seconds, and I’m pretty sure we were all wondering what would happen. From there though, we really locked on and turned the contest back our way, and although we were again kicking into that wind, we were still able to cut through at times with some great passages from end to end, kick a couple of goals and maintain that 4 goal break. The boys had worked really hard all over the ground, and had genuinely put together 45 minutes of very even football. With the wind at our back, we asked them to take the game on and attack the goal front at every opportunity. This they did beautifully as they finished with another 3 goals to 0 quarter to finish victors by a very impressive 7 goal margin. It was so great to see every player making contributions today in every role. We don’t need individuals getting 30 touches, or kicking 6-7 goals, we just need everyone contributing when it’s their turn. The boys off half back and the wings provided great contests and great drive from behind, our mids barreled through time after time and got the ball going our way, we presented well up forward and worked hard for each other, and we were desperate, disciplined and very composed on the last line of defence.

Heaps to look forward to in the coming weeks and especially next week where we head across to Seville and look to try and sew up a spot in this year’s final series. A huge thanks again to everyone who contributes to this team during the week, and on match day, your efforts are appreciated and the boys are benefitting strongly from it – well done boys !

Tim Scott