NAB League Boys: Round 17 Preview
This is it, the final round before finals kicks off and the real fight begins. How ironic that the Jets are facing the Northern Knights. Last time these two teams met in Round 1, it was the Jets with a comeback victory that left a sour taste in the Northern's mouths.
Since then the Jets have been flying and the Knights are right on the tails. The Jets had an unfortunate slip against the Chargers but now look to be at full strength as they head into tomorrows match.
Darcy Cassar is finally returning from injury as he looks to turn the Western defence into a wall. Lucas Failli is also returning after his premiership victory in the AGSV with the PEGS. The Jets are looking for a top-six finish this weekend as they head into the Wildcard Round next week.
WESTERN JETS vs NORTHERN KNIGHTS
B: 42. E. Acevski, 28. K. Crimmins, 4. L. Rocci
F: 12. C. Barbera, 40. L. Mcmahon, 23. N. Cox
HB: 37. L. Conway, 18. E. Jeka, 26. C. Raak
HF: 5. J. D’Intinosante, 28. K. Davies, 7. R. Gardner
C: 20. D. Cassar, 19. J. Horo, 8. J. Kellett
C: 37. K. Brandt, 8. A. Carafa, 10. J. Lucente
HF: 33. S. El-Hawli, 45. A. Clarke, 1. L. Failli
HB: 41. N. Kitchell, 11. R. Sturgess, 31. H. Ramshaw
F: 15. H. Blake, 44. A. Manton, 3. E. Ford
B: 4. J. Davies, 51. R. Uwandu, 19. J. Trudgeon
R: 47. W. Kennedy, 7. D. Andrews , 24. J. Honey
R: 15. N. Howard, 14. J. Watson, 13. S. Philp
Int: 13. D. Bolkas, 23. B. Chehade, 14. M. Cousins, 17. N. Reynolds,
23P: 6. B. Cootee
Int: 59. J. Boyd, 46. S. House, 27. E. Macpherson, 43. T. McMahon
23P: 24. L. Kolar
Emg: 41. L. Rzanovski, 32. H. Schumann, 31. S. Clifford
Emg: 9. C. Simonsen, 45. A. Taylor
In: E. Acevski, N. Reynolds, H. Blake, L. Failli, D. Cassar
Out: B. Ryan, D. Grmusa, L. Rzanovski, H. Schumann, S. Clifford
Possible key matchups
Billy Cootee vs Jackson Davies
Cootee had an outstanding debut against the Chargers. Even with the loss, he claimed two majors for the day. Davies has been in good form this season in his defensive half but may get a surprise from the new forward as Oakleigh found out last Saturday.
Jonah Horo vs Adam Caraffa
In Round 1, Caraffa was a wrecking ball in the Knights midfield. He almost single handily won the game for the Knights as he proved to be a force to be reckoned with. Horo had a very quiet game last week but this week he will no doubt be seeking retribution. A battle between these two guns will make a very intriguing matchup.
Joshua D’Intinosante vs Emerson Jekka
It could easily be Darcy Cassar battling the tall timber for the Knights but while Cassar has been away, Jekka has filled his position quite well. D’Intinosante bagged two goals last time against the Jets but is capable of much more. Jekka will need to keep a close eye on this one because he could be the difference-maker.