NAB League Boys: Semi-Finals Preview
This is it, the Semi-Finals, the Jets are only three victories away from glory. Last week was tough conditions against the Knights but the Jets hung on. Now they must face Gippsland Power who they toppled in their last encounter but there is some bad news.
Josh Honey was injured last week with a torn hip flexor tendon and will be on the sidelines for some time. On the plus side, Cody Raak will return from illness along with Kyle Borg who replaces Ethan Acevski. There's no turning back now as Jets fans will be in for one hell of a contest at Ikon Park.
GIPPSLAND POWER vs WESTERN JETS
F: 13. D. Bolkas, 44. A. Manton, 45. A. Clarke
B: 36. M. Bentvelzen , 14. T. Hourigan, 35. J. van der Pligt
HF: 3. E. Ford, 18. E. Jeka, 17. N. Reynolds
HB: 10. L. Connolly, 24. B. Maslen, 37. H. Pepper
C: 14. M. Cousins, 1. L. Failli, 33. S. El-Hawli
C: 1. R. Angwin, 4. S. Flanders, 15. R. Sparkes
HB: 20. D. Cassar, 39. L. Phillips, 8. J. Kellett
HF: 13. T. Fitzpatrick, 16. J. Smith, 20. H. Neocleous
B: 26. C. Raak, 28. K. Crimmins, 4. L. Rocci
F: 7. S. Berry, 22. Z. Reid, 19. F. Phillips
R: 47. W. Kennedy, 19. J. Horo, 7. D. Andrews
R: 17. C. Comben, 6. R. Baldi, 2. C. Serong
Int: 5. K. Borg, 37. L. Conway, 41. L. Rzanovski, 32. H. Schumann
23P: 6. B. Cootee
Int: 30. T. Baldi, 26. C. Doultree, 8. B. McAuliffe, 21. M. McGarrity,
23P: 33. N. Prowd
Emg: 10. Z. Christofi, 42. E. Acevski, 15. H. Blake
Emg: 9. W. Papley, 29. T. Rees, 44. K. Robinson
Ins and outs
In: K. Borg, C. Raak
Out: J. Honey, E. Acevski
Possible key match-ups
Eddie Ford vs Leo Connoly
Ford had a quiet day at the office last week but expect him to bounce back this week. Connolly has been rebounding footballs like crazy of late. Ford will need to play a game offence and defence to keep Connolly in check.
William Kennedy vs Charlie Comben
Comben was this year's ruck selected for the NAB League Team of the Year. Kennedy has smashed his opposition in the tap-outs all year averaging 34 a game. This mini-battle will be one to watch with finals pressure a factor.
Lucas Failli vs Sam Flanders
Failli's efforts last week were influential in the Jets victory over the Knights. Playing in the guts, he may be pitted against Flanders who was also selected in the NAB League Team of the Year. This will be a tough task for Failli but Flanders was in bad form last week so Failli might have his number.