NAB League Boys: Round 7 Preview
The boys are back fresh from the bye and ready to take on the Dandenong Stingrays. The Stingrays currently sit on top of the ladder and haven't lost a game all season. This makes a tough challenge for the Jets as Emerson Jekka is still injured. However, Phil Nesci will make his debut this Saturday as Saad El-Hawli takes a break.
WESTERN JETS vs DANDENONG STINGRAYS
B: 34. E. Bentley, 28. K. Crimmins, 13. D. Bolkas
F: 11. N. Cahill, 24. B. Nyuon, 10. C. Gay
HB: 20. D. Cassar, 41. L. Rzanovski, 8. J. Kellett
HF: 38. M. Gregory, 52. C. Ellison, 13. N. Heath
C: 25. S. Johnson, 24. J. Honey, 17. N. Reynolds
C: 34. R. Orchard, 39. J. Toner, 50. L. Williams
HF: 4. L. Rocci, 44. A. Manton, 16. C. White
HB: 37. B. Welsh, 20. S. De Koning, 2. H. Young
F: 5. K. Borg, 45. A. Clarke, 3. E. Ford
B: 1. H. Berenger, 32. B. Kuipers, 27. K. George
R: 47. W. Kennedy, 19. J. Horo, 7. D. Andrews
R: 28. B. Schmidt, 45. L. Goonan, 18. M. Riordan
Int: 42. E. Acevski, 10. Z. Christofi, 37. L. Conway, 21. P. Nesci
23P: 27. D. Grmusa
Emg: 31. S. Clifford, 38. L. Heaney, 9. J. Dodemaide
Int: 47. W. Bravo, 12. M. Haywood, 21. J. Johnson, 40. S. Merrick
23P: 23. J. Neal
Emg: 31. J. Mounter, 46. D. Popa, 51. A. Williamson
Ins and outs
Out: Saad El-Hawli
Possible key matchups
Aaron Clarke vs Blake Kuipers
Inaccurate or accurate Clarke is sitting equal first in the goal tally. His size and contested marking ability make him a powerhouse up forward. Kuipers is a likely matchup due to his height of 196cm but if Clarke sets the tone early he could have a day out inside 50.
William Kennedy vs Baily Schmitt
Kennedy is no longer the top of the food chain when it comes to hit-outs, he currently sits second just behind Stephen Cumming of NT. However, Kennedy still has an average of 29 hit-outs a game while his opponent for this weekend Schmitt averages 15.5 tap-outs per match. If Kennedy dominates in this area and gives his midfielders first use, it could prove to be the key to victory.
Darcy Cassar vs Ned Cahill
Cassar has proven to be a revelation down back as proves to be a mountain of difficulty for most opposition forwards. Cahill is currently Dandenong's most dangerous forward with 7 goals for the season. He is a small forward but perhaps Cassar can match him or speed on the ground if pitted against the crafty goalsneak.