NAB League Boys: Round 10 Preview
With Round 10 of NAB League action heading our way tomorrow, we are well and truly passed the halfway point. The boys currently sit fifth on the ladder with just one win separating them from the top four. Coincidentally, the Jets will face Gippsland who currently occupy the fourth spot. The Jets will need to be at their absolute best if they are to topple the Power but will receive a boost of returning players. Josh Kellett and Emerson Jekka are fit and ready to go while Will Kennedy is returning from his Young Guns game.
GIPPSLAND POWER vs WESTERN JETS
B: 24. B. Maslen, 41. D. McRae, 5. F. Shields
F: 31. S. Clifford, 45. A. Clarke, 30. D. Pantalleresco
HB: 13. T. Fitzpatrick, 14. T. Hourigan, 40. T. Mann
HF: 22. D. Edwards, 18. E. Jeka, 3. E. Ford
C: 3. M. McGannon, 35. J. van der Pligt, 28. S. Tapner
C: 27. D. Grmusa, 10. Z. Christofi, 2. H. White
HF: 21. M. McGarrity, 25. J. McGrath, 20. H. Neocleous
HB: 23. B. Chehade, 41. L. Rzanovski, 4. L. Rocci
F: 30. T. Baldi, 43. Z. Skinner, 29. T. Rees
B: 8. J. Kellett, 28. K. Crimmins, 39. L. Phillips
R: 42. M. Nicholas, 9. W. Papley, 8. B. McAuliffe
R: 47. W. Kennedy, 19. J. Horo, 5. K. Borg
Int: 1. R. Angwin, 10. L. Connolly, 39. M. Hawkins, 31. B. MacFarlane
Int: 44. A. Manton, 26. C. Raak, 17. N. Reynolds, 16. C. White
23P: 38. D. Bourke
23P: 14. M. Cousins
Emg: 33. N. Prowd, 23. Z. Soutar, 32. L. Williams
Emg: 38. L. Heaney, 29. B. Ryan
Ins and Outs
In: E. Jeka, J. Kellett, W. Kennedy
Out: D. Bolkas, 38. L. Heaney, 29. B. Ryan
Possible key matchups
Jake Vander Pligt vs Zen Christofi
Most of the disposal kings in Gippsland's arsenal will be absent on Saturday, Vander Pligt is their next best. Christofi has had a very decent season, whether he beats Vander Pligt in the contest or stops him in his track, it will be a win for the Jets.
Michell Nicholas vs Will Kennedy
Last week Aaron Clarke took on the ruck duties for the Jets but made little impact as the hit-outs favoured the Pioneers. The Jets learned it's not easy to replace Kennedy and now that he's back we should see some ruck dominance. Nicholas has had one game under his belt which puts him at a disadvantage. Kennedy also has the size on Nicholas and Kennedy leads the hit-outs.
Ben Maslen vs Samuel Clifford
Clifford had a day out last week after kicking four goals for the game. Maslen is an intercept expert for Power, this matchup could go either way as both seem evenly matched. If Clifford can get a rhythm going he may have a day out but only time will tell.