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It was a windy day as expected in Williamstown, and the Geelong Falcons had the wind to their advantage in the first term. Connor Idun kicked the first goal of the day for the Falcons after a great passage of play involving Oscar Brownless, Ned McHenry and Sam Walsh. The Jets remained competitive throughout the term and were only 4 points down at the first break.

The Jets dominated the second quarter and used the wind to their advantage, booting 3 goals to 0 and taking a handy 19-point lead at halftime. McHenry kicked the opening goal of the third term for Geelong before Aaron Clarke responded shortly after for the Jets.

The Falcons continued to edge closer to the Jets with 3 more goals and found themselves only down by 2 points at ¾ time.

The Jets kept the Falcons scoreless in the last, while also adding 3 handy goals for themselves. The wind proved to be the deciding factor, and the Jets prevailed by 24 points.

ZAK BUTTERS | WESTERN JETS | D.O.B – 09/09/2000 | 178CM | 70KG

STATS: 28 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles.

Butters was the best and most consistent player for the Jets in their win over the Falcons. He found the ball in all areas of the ground, and his ball use was spectacular. He’s a classy footballer who has the agility and speed to break away from contests, which he did on numerous occasions. His composure and decision making was a real highlight, always finding the best option available. The type of player you want to have the ball when entering the forward 50. Great game.

XAVIER O’HALLORAN | WESTERN JETS | D.O.B – 11/07/2000 | 186CM | 82KG

STATS: 18 disposals, 1 mark, 4 tackles.

The captain of the Jets played a pivotal role throughout the midfield. His work in tight situations and around stoppages was really good, along with his defensive work, especially his tackling. He doesn’t get much of the ball, but when he does, he makes it count. A good clearance player with a high work rate, who can also hit the scoreboard.


STATS: 23 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles.

A big-bodied midfielder, with great size and strength. Radovanovic thrives on contested situations, where he can put his body size to good use. He won a lot of the ball in tight and was able to release handballs to his teammates on the outside. He had a fantastic start in the second quarter and was one of the main reasons the Jets were able to get back into the game. He missed the second half of the quarter due to injury, but returned after half-time and continued to stand out. Kicking skills were below par, but that could have been due to the blustery conditions.

Hamish Murphy, Josh Honey, Aaron Clarke and Connor Thor also impressed me. Steven Kyriazis is also one to watch in the future.


STATS: 14 disposals, 6 marks(2 contested), 1 tackle.

Was best on for Geelong by a mile, I thought. The key-position defender dominated in the air, taking many intercept marks during the game, causing frustration for many of the Jets players. If he wasn’t taking marks, he was fisting the ball away with great intent. He’s skinny but is fairly strong one-on-one and his defensive positioning was excellent. Skills are also respectable for someone 200cm. He’s had a lot of strong performances for the Falcons this year.

NED MCHENRY | GEELONG FALCONS | D.O.B – 13/07/2000 | 176CM | 71KG

STATS: 22 disposals, 5 marks, 11 tackles.

It was impossible not to notice McHenry, especially when he was wearing fluro boots! In all seriousness, he was terrific. His run and carry was outstanding and consistent. His speed and agility help him escape congestion, and to create new passages of play. His work-rate is high and he seemed like he wanted to work both ways, defensively and offensively. McHenry is only 176cm but is quite strong for his size, breaking many tackles on Saturday. He can also win the ball on the inside and he loves attacking contests with serious intent. I think he tries to do too much occasionally and needs to work on giving the ball to the best available options in specific situations. In saying that, I love the way he goes about his game.

SAM WALSH | GEELONG FALCONS | D.O.B – 02/07/2000 | 183CM | 74KG

STATS: 33 disposals, 3 marks, 7 tackles.

Don’t really need to say much here. I’ve talked about Walsh the last couple of weeks, and his performance against the Jets was no different. Collected plenty of disposals, kicked a goal and tackled hard. Yet another impressive performance from the potential top 3 draft pick.

Ben Morton, Jack Grigsby and Keidan Rayner were also prominent.

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