U18 Match Report 29th May 2011

The ‘Dogs’ kicked with the aid of the breeze in the 1st quarter and jumped out to an early 3 goal advantage. Jake Cosmai (who showed great team spirit by getting there to play, prior to leaving at half time so that he could get to work back on the Coast) was then able to stem the tide through strong defence and a number of his now trademark runs out of the backline. He was well supported by Kye Stoneham who started in defence before playing on the ball for the majority of the match. Brad Cvilikas was a tower of strength and revelled in his role as a loose man in defence when moved there to stem the tide. Sam Wilson made a welcome return to the side and had a real influence on changing the run of the game. His many possessions provided multiple scoring opportunities for our forward line. Dalton Williams was proving more than a handful for the opposition defence and Dylan ‘Crusty’ Fitzgerald gave good crumbing support to Dalton and Jamie McBrien who gave the side a genuine forward target in front of goal. Dylan’s forward defensive pressure was also much improved.

As the match progressed, Rei Ballinger gradually worked his way into the game. He produced another fine effort for the ‘Jets’ and is now an important member of the team. Jakson Shearer, on a wing, began to move more freely and won a glut of ball and was unlucky not to finish with a couple of goals from two long range ‘barrels’, which only narrowly missed the big sticks. Brendan Donahoo, in his debut match in the 18’s, added plenty of run to the team and gave us some real drive off a half back flank. He did enough to suggest that we will see some quality games from him once he settles in to his new surroundings. Arlo Haycroft used his speed and agility to get in and under at the contest up forward and was presented with many an opportunity from Zak Clancy’s ability to continually create a contest in the air. Zak attacks the ball strongly above his head and if he doesn’t mark everything he ensures that he brings the ball to ground.

With the arrival of Brock Zeidler, Zac Ryan and John Selvage, after the 16’s home game, there was an opportunity to rotate players off the bench. This was invaluable, as it gave players like Barry Stanley, Shaun Burgin (playing his first game for the Club and his first game of AFL) and Jay Fitzgerald the chance to run hard for short spells before taking a short break on the bench to recover. Barry and Jay give the team a real lift - they are both so hard at the ball in the contest and just put their bodies on the line 100% of the time. Shaun was understandably a bit lost early, but the longer the match went the better he got. He capped off a fine effort with a strong contested mark and pass to a team mate in the last quarter when the game was up for grabs. Brock again won nearly every ruck contest, as well as providing plenty of defensive pressure around the ground. Zac gave us his customary solid game in defence, which allowed other Jets players the freedom to play more attacking roles. They put in another big effort, after playing full games at U16 level. John did all that was asked of him when he came on in the last quarter. With a couple of cramps and minor injuries to three players the boys in defence were stretched to the limit. At times like this, it is great to know that you have reliable players to do a job. With players going down injured and the side being juggled in the last quarter for an all out attacking effort to go for a win, Dylan ‘The Terminator’ Holton and Sam Le Carpentier just had to hold firm in defence, as any score to Bribie would have pushed a winning target out of the Jets reach. Of course the boys got the job done. Dylan and Sam, perhaps not two of the more fancied players, but at every training session and give 100% each week!

Well, the Jets have a number of home games coming (split by a week off on the 19th June weekend), so there is an opportunity to gain some momentum leading into the latter part of the season. Good luck against Nambour at home this weekend.


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