NAB League Boys: Round 16 Preview
After last week's horror show, the Jets have brought in the cavalry. Aaron Clarke, Lukas Rocci, Josh Kellett, Samuel Clifford, Daniel Bolkas and Eddie Ford will return to face the Chargers. Billy Cootee finally gets to make his debut after a shocking run with injury. The Jets currently sit in sixth place and look destined for the wild card round in the first week of finals. The Chargers are a huge test but with only two rounds left for the home and away season, the Jets will be keen to topple Oakleigh from the opening bounce.
OAKLEIGH CHARGERS vs WESTERN JETS
B: 1. L. Westwood, 36. R. Valentine, 34. V. Zagari
F: 6. B. Cootee, 44. A. Manton, 3. E. Ford
HB: 40. T. Furphy, 49. H. Mastras, 57. S. Seach
HF: 23. B. Chehade, 45. A. Clarke, 33. S. El-Hawli
C: 5. T. Bianco, 12. L. Jenkins, 18. F. Elliot
C: 14. M. Cousins, 24. J. Honey, 27. D. Grmusa
HF: 14. C. Oglethorpe, 65. T. Lovell, 75. A. Tassell
HB: 8. J. Kellett, 18. E. Jeka, 26. C. Raak
F: 67. H. Mundy, 73. C. Sharman, 77. N. Stathopoulos
B: 37. L. Conway, 28. K. Crimmins, 4. L. Rocci
R: 22. T. Graham, 6. J. Lucas, 27. J. May
R: 47. W. Kennedy, 19. J. Horo, 7. D. Andrews
Int: 31. J. Hindson, 53. F. Maguire, 39. R. McInnes, 78. J. Nelson,
23P: 72. A. Lukic
Int: 13. D. Bolkas, 31. S. Clifford, 29. B. Ryan, 41. L. Rzanovski
23P: 32. H. Schumann
Emg: 54. J. Capetola, M. Emmett
Emg: 43. L. Green, 15. Harley Blake
Ins and outs
In: D. Bolkas, B. Cootee, L. Rocci, A. Clarke, E. Ford, S. Clifford, J. Kellett
Out: D. Pantalleresco, Z. Christofi, K. Borg, J. Mathews, L. Phillips, B. Ryan, E. Bentley
Possible key matchups
Jeromy Lukas vs Jonah Horo
Lukas is a player who can bring that x-factor to a game. In this way, he's a lot similar to Horo. Horo had a great game last week despite the loss and seems to grow each round. With the AFL draft just around the corner, fans can expect Horo to weave some magic.
Nicholas Stathopoulos vs Emerson Jekka
Much like Darcy Cassar at the beginning of the year, Jekka has managed to reinvent himself as a key back. The Chargers are a little undermanned in the forward line as there top two goal scorers are absent. Stathopoulos is the next best forward they have in terms of scoring power, but may find it hard against the Jets defence.
Aaron Clarke vs Harris Mastras
Due to illness, Clarke was forced to withdraw from the Bushrangers game. The Jets will be happy to have him back after he was deeply missed up the Murray. Mastras looks the viable option for Clarke and my provide an early taste fo what's to come finals time.