Mark Lanyon - Team Manager
The U12's celebrated their first win of the season with a strong performance on the road against Rowville at Eildon Park. Height was a worry going into the game with Zac and Daniel out injured - hopefully we have both boys back after the bye. After our close loss last week at Norwood the team was determined to get over the line this week.
A great start to the first quarter with Ethan J getting the first hitout in the ruck to Elijah who got a defensive center clearance. Kieran and Campbell were getting plenty of the ball around the wing. Thomas followed up with a strong mark and a smother a few minutes later. We were clearly getting the better of the first 10 minutes but had nothing on the scoreboard to show for it. Luke and Harry took some good marks as Rowville worked their way back into the game and kicked a late goal.
Gabriel stopped a few other Rowville entries with some strong marks and we went to quarter time 8 points down but still confident.
The second quarter saw the Jets start to get on top and after some good play by Kai and Cadyn (who took 3 marks for the quarter) Patrick moved to centre half back and started to get some drive forward for us and we began some great ball movement. The team have been practicing linking up at training and we saw it come to life from a kick out from Thomas. The ball through a chain of play was delivered to Dylan who took a mark and played on again to Ethan. Ethan passed accurately to Luke who kicked his second for the quarter and to put the Jets on the board. Soon after Kai won a centre clearance and found Luke again who went back and put us into the lead for the first time in the game. The Jets were locking the ball into stoppages regularly and Jordy was often inside with some important handballs to outside players. We went into half time 2 points in front and the team was fired up to continue on with it this week.