NAB League Boys: Round 1 Preview

The Jets have named a heavily experienced lineup to start off round 1 of the NAB League U18 Boys competition. Unfortunately, they will be without co-captain Lucas Rocci due to a concussion but the coaches expect him to be up and ready for next week. Aside from Rocci, the list looks at full strength. Expect key players like Spencer Johnson, Darcy Cassar, Emerson Jeka, and Josh Honey to impress early as they look to push for Vic Metro selection later in the year.

 

WESTERN JETS Vs NORTHERN KNIGHTS

 

B: 34. E. Bentley       42. E. Acevski        8. J. Kellett

F: 5. J. D’Intinosante 34. Z. Costello    3. B. Nikolovski

 

HB: 37. L. Conway    28. K. Crimmins    25. S. Johnson

HF: 9. C. Simonsen   40. L. Mcmahon    16. O. Simpson

 

C: 17. N.  Reynolds      29. B.  Ryan       2. H.  White

C: 7. R.  Gardner        18. S.  Brazier    41. N.  Kitchell

 

HF: 20. D. Cassar        18. E. Jeka           3. E. Ford

HB: 4. J. Davies          23. N. Cox           1. L. Potter

 

F: 5. K. Borg             44. A. Manton      31. S. Clifford

B: 29. J. Collins        51. R. Uwandu     11. R. Sturgess

 

R: 47. W. Kennedy       24. J. Honey      7. D. Andrews

R: 15. N. Howard         8. A. Carafa        13. S. Philp

 

Int: 13. D. Bolkas         45. A. Clarke       41. L. Rzanovski 

       33. S. El-Hawli        1. L. Failli            19. J. Horo

Int:   26. D. Akuei       28. K. Brandt         30. B. Leonard

        10. J. Lucente    27. E. Macpherson  52. J. Mazzarella

 

Emg:  36. C. Mackenzie-George  21. P. Nesci  10. Z. Christofi

Emg:     6. X. Naish        2. L. Perry      19. J. Trudgeon

 

Who to look out for

 

Saad El-Hawli

El-Hawli has caught the attention of the Western Jets coaching staff in his first year. The medium half-forward has shown real pace and agility, El-Hawli knows how do dance around his opponents and win the hard-ball.  Fans and scouts may want to look out for No.33 as he starts his 2019 campaign.

 

Aaron Clarke

Clake could easily be the one to watch as the tall timber has been impressive in this seasons practice matches. In the Jets first practice match against Calder, Clarke was dominant in the forward line, kicking four goals and pinch-hitting in the ruck. The ability of Clarke to play both of these roles makes him a real asset to the Western Jets.

 

Daly Andrews

A tall midfielder who covers the ground well and loves to crash through congestion, Andrews only knows one way and that's forward. Andrews will be lining up for his second year at the Jets as he looks to improve on 2018 season. Now playing as a more consistent rover in 2019, Andrews will help share the load with midfield jet Josh Honey.

 

 

Possible key matchups

 

Spencer Johnson vs Josh D'Intinosante

Johnson has proven to be a rock in the Jets defensive half but may have to tackle a very mobile forward in D'Itinosante this weekend. D'Intinosante managed to kick 18 goals from 16 games, ranked 2nd overall for the Knights. Spencer could be the one to shut down the new spearhead and set the tone for the rest of the season.

 

Josh Honey vs Adam Carafa

This battle of the mids will see two heavyweights collide in the center of the ground this Sunday. Both are highly rated by their clubs and could prove to be the game changers at IKON Park. Honey has always been hungry for the ball but may find a real challenge in Carafa. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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