Ainslie Too Strong for Jets
ROUND 10 First Grade Mens AINSLIE TRICOLOURS V GUNGAHLIN JETS
Ainslie travelled to Gungahlin Enclosed Oval in round 10 to take on an improving Jets team. The Tricolours were coming off a strong win against Tuggeranong the week before and were looking to build on their form to stay close to a top-2 finish, as the Jets are still seeking their first win against a side inside the top 4.
The game got underway and Ainslie were quick to gain the advantage, setting up well defensively and having a number of early shots on goal. After missing some early opportunities, Nicholas Paine put through the first goal of the afternoon, quickly followed by Ben Perry who kicked his first. The Jets struggled to break Ainslie’s defensive set-up early in the quarter but managed to work their way through it resulting in some forward thrusts. The Jets held strong to be behind by 16 points at quarter time.
Tom Powell got the scoreboard ticking over at the start of the second quarter with 2 goals in 10 minutes to extend the lead. Matthew Sheldon was able to kick the Jets first goal of the game against the run of play, only to be answered by Nic Paine’s second and third goals of the afternoon. Brent Faram from the Jets went down after a heavy collision in a marking contest which stopped play momentarily and left the Jets a man down on the bench. Sean Day kicked the Jets 2ndgoal before Ian Lawless responded just before half time to have Ainslie leading by 41 points at half time. Ainslie 8.6-54 to Jets 2.1-13
The third quarter was a stalemate with a total of 5 behinds being scored for the quarter. Ainslie were playing well, hurting the Jets on transition and were using the ball beautifully to find the open man. The Jets were staying strong though, being tough around the contest and bringing the pressure on ball and man in the clinches. Gungahlin were unable to narrow the margin though with Ainslie holding a 44-point margin heading into the final quarter.
Gungahlin were able to kick the first two goals of the quarter with Luke Martin and Luke Robertson both converting their opportunities to bring some life into the Jets. That was until Tom Powell kicked his third goal of the day, followed by Josh Maynard with his first. Ainslie were starting to run over a tiring Jets outfit, having the last 7 scoring shots of the game, with Scott Sienkiewicz kicking a goal just before the final siren to complete the victory. Ainslie ran out victors by 54 points, 11.14-80 to Jets 4.2-26.
Goal Kickers: L. Robertson, L. Martin, S. Day, M. Sheldon
Best Players: M. Green, J. Looby, L. Martin, N. Smith, J. Baker, L. Robertson
Goal Kickers: N. Paine 3, T. Powell 3, B. Perry 2, J. Maynard, S. Sienkiewicz, I. Lawless
Best Players: T. Powell, J. Maynard, J. Costigan, N. Foley, W. Beaumont, L. Griffiths