Mark Lanyon - Team Manager.
A place in the finals was up for grabs as the U12's took on Norwood at Heatherdale Reserve last Sunday. After a close match in round 6 which saw Norwood take the points the team was focused to gain a qualification spot.
After celebrating Ethan A's 50th game with a banner run through the first quarter was a tight affair with both teams competing strongly for the ball. Campbell and Shannon were getting plenty of run on the ball and off half back. Cadyn got some early touches and Cameron was doing some good work around the packs. After some good play across half back by Thomas, Campbell kicked into our forward line and Nathan opened the scoring with our first goal of the game. Frash started to work himself into the game late in the quarter with a strong mark. Ben was showing some good form and linked up with Thomas and Patrick to repel several attacks. Norwood hit back late in the quarter though with a goal to go to quarter time with a 1 point lead.
The second quarter started with Frash again winning some good possessions and partnered with Elijah formed a swarm of pressure on the opposition. The Jets started to get some good chains of play together and Patrick soon had the ball to Thomas who found Ethan. He went back to slot our 2nd goal of the game to put us 5 points up. Jordy continued the pressure on Norwood with some strong tackling and Shannon was getting plenty of run out of defense. A great smother by Thomas was a highlight of the quarter but again we gave away a late goal to go to the main break 2 points behind.