EDFL: Greenvale Jets brush aside challenge
GREENVALE rode a scoreboard rollercoaster to give up a big lead, then climb back to a 36-point win against Aberfeldie in the Essendon District Football League at the weekend.
The Jets led by 37 points early in the second quarter only to trail at half-time, before kicking away to win 16.12 (108) to 10.12 (72) at Greenvale Recreation Reserve.
The highly anticipated match between the 7-0 Jets and 6-1 Two Blues looked a bust just three minutes into the second quarter when Jacob Thompson’s second goal of the game made the score 41-4 in Greenvale’s favour.
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Aberfeldie kicked the next three goals to fight back to 16 down, before three quick goals in time-on gave the visitors a shock half-time lead.
Nic Cattapan’s raking left-foot goal and David Fanning’s major from the top of the goal square after a free kick sent Greenvale to the rooms stunned.
The Jets’ set-shot accuracy helped regain the lead in the third term, with Tallan Wright and Ben Clifton sinking set shots from beyond 45m.
By contrast, Aberfeldie’s forward target Daniel Mangan returned just one goal for the quarter in spite of three big grabs, two of which were followed by set shots hooked wide to the left.
Joe Gazzo’s goal after the three-quarter-time siren sent Greenvale to the huddle up by 17 and when Rowan Nayna goaled two minutes into the final term, the game looked Greenvale’s for good.
Mangan flew again to kick his second goal and peg the margin back to 19 points at the nine-minute mark, but the quick reply from Anthony Aloi and spirit-breaker from Paul Lenne a minute later made the margin 31 and the game safe.
Gazzo had kicked two early goals to spark Greenvale’s early control of the match and booted the last goal of the game to lead all scorers with four.
Consistent Aberfeldie onballer Zach O’Brien booted three to lead the scoring for his team.
Teammate Damien Peverill played no part in the last quarter after leaving the game with quad tightness.
Nayna won the ball and used his evasive skills to spin out of trouble in an eye-catching midfield display.
But Greenvale coach Anthony Rock said his backline deserved the credit.
“Our midfield were the reason we got cleaned up in the second quarter so I’m a bit disappointed with them. Daniel Burns and Matt Smith were clearly our best players.
“At half-time I was scratching my head. There’s reasons why you’re in that position and our work rate really dropped off in that second quarter. We were a bit flat.”