Jetstream 2018 Round 3

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Future Jets Events

Saturday 19th May
Family Fun Day

Saturday 16th June
IPod Shuffle

Saturday 14th July
High Flyers and Reunions

August, TBA
Trivia Night

Saturday 22nd September
Senior Presentation Night

Events will have more details released closer to the date.
NO LATE RSVPS will be accepted after the RSVP dates for ticketed events.

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Women in Sport Function: wrap up

"...I have all this energy after the Women’s Function. Feeling empowered.. must be the elevation of female voices or something..."

"The things the speakers spoke about really surprised me. As a male player, I don't have to deal with making a decision to play sport while pregnant, and copping judgement if I do. I don't have to worry about wearing a dress and showing the world my bits when I bend to get the ball. Or getting an eating disorder to meet a certain size requirement. I just play. That's it. It was a bit of an eye-opener to be honest."

"The women’s sport function was really interesting, it was also great having some of the men’s players and sponsors there too."

On Saturday 5 May, 60+ Jets from across the club heard from  a range of guest speakers, as the Jets hosted their first ever Women in Sport function. Each speaker had a special story to tell, and the Jets would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the seven incredible speakers who contributed to this very special event:
  • Ms Sharni Williams: Gold medal Olympian and co-captain of the Australian women's rugby sevens team and Order of Australia Medallist
  • Ms Benita Bittner: General Manager of Netball ACT, former elite tennis player and coach with the National High Performance Tennis Academy in Perth
  • Ms Bronwyn Fagan: Canberra Raiders Board Member, presenter on ABC Local Grandstand, and Australian representative for the sports of skeleton and bobsleigh
  • Ms Britt Tully: GWS Giants midfielder, and AFL Canberra Women's Best and Fairest winner in 2016 and 2017
  • Ms Amanda Cook and Ms Kally Gross: Jets club legends and inaugural members of the first Jets women's football team
  • Ms Hayley Bushell: Gungahlin Jets Netball Vice President and inaugural member of the first Jets netball team.
 The Jets would also like to extend our sincere thanks to our event sponsor, Defence Housing Australia. DHA is a proud supporter of all Defence members and their families, and acknowledges the positive contribution of local clubs to building and maintaining a thriving local community. DHA supports Gungahlin Jets AFC in the positive work they are doing to promote not only a healthy lifestyle and social community, but also equality on and off the playing field.  For this reason, DHA is pleased to contribute to important events such as these.

 The Jets were also lucky enough to have the support of The Gungahlin Club, and our humble little function was their first ever function! Thank you Gungahlin Cub, for hosting us in such style.

Lastly, a huge thank you must also be extended to:
  • Our MC for the night Liz Quinn
  • The netball club for donating the hotly contested Jets socks
  • Anthony Hambleton and Kristen Woods for their behind the scenes work  and networking
  • Jacob Mennen and Letiesha Whyte for stepping in to help on the night
  • Meg Bransgrove for photography
  • Poetry in Flowers, our club supporter and stockist of the most beautiful flowers for our guest speakers
  • To each and every person who attended the event and made it such a success!

Do you have a hidden talent?


Have you thought about helping out the Jets? You may have a skill set or hidden talent that the Jets could use for the betterment of the club. You don’t need to dedicate hours and hours or even attend meetings, the Jets would be grateful for anything you can offer.


Graphic Designer/Publishing skills – Would you like to assist in creating the Jets end of year magazine?

Great admin/organisational skills – the Junior Secretary role is available or if you would like to just help organise one event for the year, it would be greatly appreciated.

Dietician/food lover/cook – assist Shirish with ideas & organisation of the canteen

Photographer – are you handy with a camera? We are looking for a photographer to snap our team and individual photos. Or if you know someone that is willing, please let us know.

Love of footy – would you like to assist with Ground Manager duties? On hands training provided.


There is no limit to what  you can assist the club with so if you think you can help in any way, shape or form, please sing out, we would love to hear from you.  Or if you know anyone who would like to assist the Jets, please ask them.  We have a very dedicated committee, we’re just lovely (if we say so ourselves) and it’s a very rewarding experience.


Jets Canteen – new volunteering trial


The canteen is one of the club’s major fundraising avenues and Shirish is looking after the management of the canteen this year.  The canteen provides food and sustenance, is a social hub to meet & chat with other parents and can be heaven on a cold and windy day at Amaroo – the heaters are mmmm..

The Jets are trailing a new canteen roster this year. One team will be responsible for volunteering in the canteen for the entire day at Amaroo except when their team is playing so that parents are able to watch the game.  We are trying to arrange that teams will only need to be rostered on only once for the entire season for a day and another day for around 2 hours.  This way, families only need to worry about one full day for the entire season and will make the management of canteen volunteers from an administrative viewpoint much easier. It will be a juggle to try and get this right so if a team has to be rostered on twice for a reason, please assist.

Shirish will be able to assist with setup and pack up & a little time during the day on alternate weeks only as he will be working but will not be available all day. It is therefore important that we have volunteers in the canteen all day. If there are no volunteers, the canteen will be shut which will be extremely disappointing for everyone. We did come close to having to close the canteen last week for a little time due to the lack of volunteers.

We all need to remember that it’s each and everyone’s club, we’re all volunteers and we are all responsible for its success.

We would also like the team that is rostered on for the day to provide some fresh food for the canteen - a pot of soup, a casserole/bolognaise, home made mini pizzas, fruit/yoghurt cups, cupcakes for eg.  The Jets won the Healthy Eating Club of the Year for 2017 and we wish to try and continue this with the help of all Jets families by providing some fresh, healthy food alternatives for the canteen rather then just frozen pies etc..  It would be fantastic to see more fresh canteen options. We hope too that this will encourage more people to eat from the canteen and assist with boosting canteen sales and therefore fundraising for the club.

We had some lovely home cooked food provided last week so thank you to those families, it was very much appreciated.

Junior President Report

Well it finally arrived – after what felt like the longest pre-season in history, round 1 of the 2018 AFL Canberra Junior Football Season has commenced !
I would firstly like to thank all the volunteers that have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to make everything come together – our hard working Junior Committee, our coaches, team managers and other support people have all given up their time to make sure that our kids have the most enjoyable football experience ever.
What makes this all worthwhile for me is the smiles on the kids’ faces as they are oblivious to the craziness behind the scenes…and yes, there was certainly some last minute panics in the weeks leading up to Round 1.
When I woke up on Friday morning to the sound of rain, I thought ‘yep, typical…it must be Round 1’ hence my e-mail to all players and families on Friday morning highlighting the wet weather routine. Fortunately this was not required as the weather on Saturday was absolutely perfect…the sun was shining and there was minimal wind (from an Amaroo Oval perspective at least).
As Ground Manager at Amaroo for the day, I thought I would get  head start and beat the teams to Amaroo Oval to commence the set-up…arriving at 8am…however it would seem that our Under 13 players were a little over enthusiastic about their first game and had arrived before 8am in anticipation for their 9:15am game…and so the setup commenced.
The sun was shining, the fields were both setup with a host of volunteers offering to put up the goal posts and score boards…it seemed to all be running a little too smoothly…surely there must be a hiccup? Sure enough, that hiccup arrived, but was nothing within our control…League appointed umpires for the U13 game didn’t arrive…thanks to Mark Godfrey for stepping up into the role. Unfortunately there were several League appointed umpires that didn’t show up for their games (ironically this was Umpire Appreciation Round), however the enthusiasm of our volunteers got us out of trouble and all games proceeded as planned.
A mixed bag of results for our competitive aged teams:
Unfortunately both Under 11 teams were beaten by stronger opposition in Ainslie Red and Tuggeranong Lions;
Under 12 Jets Blue had a solid win over Tuggeranong Lions;
Sadly our Under 12 Jets Black came up against a very competitive Ainslie Red;
Our Under 13’s were narrowly beaten at home by Marist;
Meanwhile our Under 14’s had a well deserved win over Marist Royal;
Following the Under 14’s, Marist was too strong for our Under 15’s at home;
Our Under17’s came very close, but Marist was too strong on the day;
On Sunday our Youth Girls Under 15’s were beaten by Ainslie Black; and
To round off the weekend our Youth Girls Under 18’s had a nice win over Ainslie Black.
Meanwhile I am told that our non-competitive age groups (Under 8 to Under 10) all showed what it takes to wear the Jets Jumper !
The weather is not looking great for this weekend, please keep an eye on the Jets official Facebook page for any important notices – even if you do not have Facebook you can still see the Jets Facebook page via the Jets App.
Please make a note in your diary that the Jets annual Family Fun Day is on Saturday 19th April…see below for more details.
Canteen – as most of you would know, our club is solely run by volunteers and we rely on every $$ we can raise. Our canteen contributes to a positive game day environment for our players, families and opposition, but it also provides a valuable income source for the club. This year we are trialling a new rostering regime where 1 team will be required to fill the roster for the entire day (except when their team is actually playing)…only once per year. On Saturday there were quite a few gaps in the roster…when you see the sign-up e-mail circulated, please give up an hour of your time to support your club, it helps to keep registration fees as low as possible and also to purchase much needed equipment…and it really is the warmest place to be ;-)
See you at the footy !
Terry Evans – Junior President

Netball President Report

Hi everyone

Last weekend marked the start of the competitive netball season after grading took place in March. It is an exciting time for the club as we have grown from two to four teams over the off season.

While we have grown we have sought to instil a sense of club and inclusiveness. The Jets had an impressive 37 out their playing list of 43 at training on the Thursday before round 1, which shows the culture and attitude we are building.

In offering three senior teams this season, the Jets have been able to cater to a wider range of players. We have been placed in division 4, 5 and 6. Our division 4 team have set a high standard already. Being our highest graded team allows us to offer opportunities to players who want to play competitively.

We had a number of players join the club who either hadn't played before or hadn't played for a while. Having a division 6 team has allowed us to mix some of our more experienced players with these new players who are learning the game as they go.

Our division 5 offers a more balanced approach to the game, whilst always maintaining the standards we set ourselves for the way we play the game.

Our fourth team plays in the college-aged Cadets competition. The strength of this squad saw them graded in division 1, where they are sure to be competitive and challenged. With the level of talent in this group, division 1 offers each of them a development opportunity to play against representative players before graduating to senior netball.

As we move forward and continue to grow we look forward to offering more and more opportunities to players from all backgrounds to play the game of netball.

David Vanderwolf - Netball President

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Senior Men First Grade

(Gungahlin Club)

GUNGAHLIN JETS 7.7.49 def. by EASTLAKE 15.17.107


We returned to our home ground for another Friday night game. In cold conditions, the boys put on a competitive game against the Eastlake Football Club. For the most part the Jets competed well but in the end, lost by a decent margin. The boys struggled towards the end of each getting smashed during ‘junk time’. Gungahlin def by Eastlake 7.7.49 to 15.17.107.


This match saw the best football the club has seen for some time. It was exciting to see the boys control the first 10-15 minutes of each quarter, which should give the boys belief that we can compete in the Div 1 competition. We had our opportunities, but were let down by our forward entries, which Eastlake used to start their attack.


For each of the first three quarters, the Demons outscored the Jets by 1-2 goals. After kicking the first two goals of the final quarter, it was game on. The Jets were only down by 25 points with just over 15 minutes to go. It was an exciting time for the Jets to be within striking distance but unfortunately, we ran out of puff and the Demons kicked away. Full credit to Eastlake, they were well structured, quick and moved the football very well.


As we continue to improve, it will be exciting to see us play Div 1 football for longer periods of game time. We should expect a growing competitive Jets Div 1 team as the year continues.


Once again, Nathan Oakes (20 disposals) played a solid contest football game in the midfield. Debut Jarrod Osbourne also competed well (11 tackles ad 21 disposals). 16 Year old Matthew Hambleton also played his best game for the club, which is good for the future of the Jets. New recruit Ash Brown also competed well in the forward line kicking two goals.


Also, congratulations to the three debutants for the day Jarrod Osborne, Jacob Conlan and Luke Robinson.


Next week we return to our home ground to take on the Queanbeyan Tigers. This will be a tough match, but one the boys are looking forward to.

John "Lovey" Love - Head Coach

Best Players: J. Conlan, M. Hambleton, N. Oakes, D. Gillian, S. Tonkes, A. Brown

Goal Kickers: A. Brown 2, M. Reynolds, N. Oakes, B. Fraser, J. Osborne, C. Davies

Disposals: J. Osbourne 21, N. Oakes 20, J. Love, B. Fraser 19, S. Tonkes 18, M. McGovern 16

Senior Women's First Grade


GUNGAHLIN JETS 3.6.24 def. by EASTLAKE 11.5.71

It was a sunny Saturday, a few of us were fresh off the building site of Raize the Roof's charity house after donating some much needed hard yakka to help the boys on site build a wall bigger than Trump could ever imagine. This was only the beginning of a ripper day devoted to helping the community and promoting breast cancer awareness and fundraising. A day we eagerly look forward to every year (and not just because of the epic baking skills of the Jetettes), PINK FOOTY DAY! 

There was a buzz of excitement and uncertainty in the change rooms with this year's draw having us play Eastlake instead of the usual ANU opposition. Certain questions like can Eastlake even bake? Were heard amongst several of the spectators wary of the change. 
Alas, the Jetettes were not afraid and headed out for a strong warm up. Not many families are untouched by the effects of Breast Cancer which can cause ripples that last a lifetime. The Jetettes were playing this game for those people. We took a moment to be thankful for the gift of being healthy and able to play the sport that we all love.

With all that to think about kick off rushed up on us fast. Eastlake took advantage of this barrelling through to get several consecutive goals in the first quarter despite our efforts to hold our structure giving them a firm lead for the game. Quarter time let us regroup and we were reminded to play for each other and let the score follow. This proved to be a beneficial chat as we narrowed the lead in the second quarter with some of out best football so far being played in the 3rd quarter. One Bethany Coster received goose bumps from the link ups, the run and carry and the energy the Jetties were bring despite still being down on the score board. We ended the game with a loss but high spirits knowing we all left everything out on the field. In total we raised $90 for Breast Cancer which I count as a win.

To finish off our day many of us attended the Women in Sport function which show cased some of Australia's best sporting influences including our very own Britt Tully who was excited to give back to the club and answer in depth questions about her time as an AFLW superstar and winner of the Best and Fairest 2 years in a row. We also got to hear from Olympic Legend Sharni Williams, ACT Netball's Benita Bittner, Club favorites Cookie and Kally, Vice President of the Jets Netball Hayley Bushell, Canberra Raiders board member and ABC Grandstand radio presentor Browyn Fagan! All speeches were empowering and outlined challenges for women in sport and all of these Women gifted us with powerful lessons on resilience, how to make a change and believing in ourselves. We also held an Olympic Gold medal and that was pretty cool.

Caity Taylor - 

Best Players: B. Tully, C. Taylor, N. Frizzell, R. Leon, R. Taylor, N. Daylight

Goal Kickers: C. Bunker, C. Taylor, B. Tully

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Senior Men Second Grade

(Ingenium Group)

GUNGAHLIN JETS 2.1.13 def. by EASTLAKE 19.23.137

Round 3 and the Jets were back on home turf at GEO against Eastlake. Again we welcomed two first gamers into our side – James Hayes and Daniel Mechkaroff. James Noble also came in for his first game of the year, which was very welcomed by the Div 2 team.  Also a special mention to the Queanbeyan Football Club, as we had Vaughn Winnel and Narayan Verma from the Tigers join us for the game. Both quality players as well as really good blokes who embraced the Jets jersey.
As with the first couple of games this season, our first quarter was our best quarter. Eastlake ran with a reasonably strong breeze in the first term and as such, the ball spent a lot of time in our backline. The boys tackled hard and put pressure on our opposition really well, and it was only a couple of small errors allowed Eastlake to kick just 3 goals to quarter time, which was pleasing as our backs worked really well together, led by James Noble at Fullback.
The second term started perfectly, with Eric Parkin winning the centre tap, we were able to generate a fast centre clearance, allowing Michael Cole to mark, and slot home the Jets first goal of the afternoon. Another highlight of the second quarter was James Hayes’ willingness to run back with the flight of the ball and having a big collision with an Eastlake player, without taking his eyes off the ball. This epitomises the courage we are trying to instil in the Jets jersey. Unfortunately, we couldn’t hold onto our momentum, and the opposition were able to kick away with the next 5 goals.
With Eastlake running with the breeze again in the 3rd term, the message was simple – hold onto the ball and keep possession for longer periods of time. This was exactly what the boys did with great effect. Even though Eastlake were able to kick 4 goals, none of those came easily.
The final quarter saw a few errors come in, with a couple of 50m penalties leading to shots on goal, and also fitness being an issue in our final quarter. While our endeavour and mindset is exactly what we’re looking for, a higher attendance at training sessions would really reap rewards as we look to improve on our performances each week.
I just wanted to make mention of one player’s individual performance from this match. Eric Parkin, who transferred from Woden a couple of weeks ago, absolutely dominated the centre hit outs. His ruckwork was phenomenal and he just kept going all day. I’m really pleased for Eric because he’s a quality bloke who works hard and to see him perform against a strong team like Eastlake was really pleasing.
Round 4 sees us at home again, against one of the stronger Div 2 sides in Queanbeyan. Massive challenge, but I’m sure we will take it right up to the Tigers.

Liam Cullen - Reserves Coach

Best Players: J. Hayes, E. Parkin, J. Noble, K. Archibald, C. McFarlane

Goal Kickers: M. Cole 2

Rising Stars U18s

(Ingenium Group)

GUNGAHLIN JETS 7.7.49 def. by EASTLAKE 10.2.62

After 5 rounds and leading into our well deserve buy weekends, the competition this year in the U18 is shaping up to be exciting. Jets took on Eastlake last Saturday and it was once again a game that had everything.Both sides applied mounts of pressure as well as used the ball well around the ground creating some very exciting football. 

Jets were again consistent in the way we played last week , the boys used our running game to advantage, an switching play  across field to open up the oppsistion and get around Eastlake tall men.

The game was close from the start with Eastlake just staying in front for the first 3 quaters due to there bigger bodies up forward capitalizing on most of there oppertunity, which set the Jets a challenge.

Unfortunately in the last quater things didnt go the Jets way, going down to Eastlake in a close one..The Jets boys were disappointed in the result but again the team of 24 players took it up to another strong side with everyone doing there bit for the side  and they certainly gave Eastlake a scare.

Coaching staff Frase and Loobs keep re- enforcing to the group that we must keep staying possitive and keep having belief in our squad moving forward and great things will happen.

The Jets have 2 weeks of buys now, but will continue to train hard and work on the small fundamentals of our game.

Thanks again to all families and friends who have been at the last 5 games supporting the boys, the boys and the coaching staff and very appreciative.

Also a big thanks to Bev Rose( team manger) and to everyone who has helped out at RS games, again its very much appreciated.

Go Jets.

Brent "Frazzel" Fraser - Rising Stars Coach

Best Players: L. Smith, M. Evans, L. O''Shaughnessy, J. Karo, J. Thorpe, J. Bright

Goal Kickers: C. O'Shaughnessy 3, J. Kemp 2, J. Thorpe, L. O'Shaughnessy

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Netball - Raptors

As a new team to enter the Jets community, we are a mix of old Jets and new Jets. With mixed success during grading, we pulled together in Round 1 to soundly defeat the UC Thunderbirds 14-7.

Our defenders Bec, Kandace and Letiesha were on fire all game. They each played close to their opponent and kept the pressure up at all times.
We have amazing depth in our shooters, with Emily, Jaimie, Leah and Brooke all getting ring time and delivering. For a team that is just starting out, we are blessed to have such a range of talent, with each shooter bringing something different to the game play.

Our mid courters Monny, Sophie, Rayna and Kayte channelled Forrest Gump, and just kept running and leading. Our midcourt controls the pace of the game, and the girls were always there presenting options.

We did have a few injuries, with Brooke and myself going down. Brooke will be back this weekend to bring the FIRE. I'll be a bit longer, and in the meantime I am your #1 cheerleader.


Love you all! Lisa xx

Youth Girls Under 18


Looking back on our first game last Sunday and most of the match seems to be a blur.  I think it is due partly to the excitement of starting our season, the stress of setting up a team containing a mix of old and new players (Some so new, that I had to be introduced to them that morning) and nervous energy.


This year the U18s have had enough numbers on the track, that we don't have to piggy-back on the U15s and  gate crash their training.  Splitting the two groups allowed me to focus on some game day systems.  We predominately worked on a Zone Defence.  And not having any U18 preseason scratch matches meant that it was a trial by fire.  The first time we would be using the Zone, 4 points were up for grabs.  The girls had to commit 100%.


After a quick explanation of the basic rules to the 3 new girls - Courtney, Mads and Sophie, and a team warm up, it was time once again to explain the zone defence, announce the team and take the field.  We had a full side of 18 U18 players on the field and one U15, Jess on the bench.  Ainslie boasted a bench of 6.


Now this is where it gets blurry.  Our first quarter was tightly contested.  Jenna in the ruck fought hard to give us first use on the ball and our midfield 'A' team of Matisse, Sam and Lily and the speedy Tij and Footy smart Breeza on the wings worked the ball to our forward line.  Rhi lined up at full forward and gave us a good target.  Courtney at Centre Half Forward competed for everything, often emerging with the footy, and was extremely damaging for someone who has never played before.  Maddy and Sarah on the flanks got lots of the ball.  Maddy is a contested ball freak, while Sarah can be in the middle of a pack and find space.  First gamer Dani lead to the ball from the forward pocket and was causing her opponent all sorts of trouble, which was to later lead to a pretty disturbing incident in the 4th quarter.  Kim locked the ball in the area and had a few shots at goal.  Our Backline with B2 at Centre Half Back and B1 a fullback gave us a strong spine.  Estelle and Steph (like Rhi, Sarah and Maddy) moved up from the U15s this season to become what I hope will be 2 devastating Half Back Flankers.  And Mads and Sophie lined up of the other 2 remaining Ainslie forwards with simple instructions of "beat them to the ball, kick it as hard as you can towards our goals, and let the girls further afield sort it out".  I think Ainslie kicked the first goal of the game.  we got the second then they scored the third.  My attention was on our zone.  We scored 2 points in the first quarter.  The first kick out resulted in a turn over to Kim, because the Ainslie Fullback had to go wide to hit a target and put it out of bounds.  The second kick out was cleared due to a lack of movement from the girls who were guarding a spot, not the area of their zone.  We could of kicked a second goal after Rhi slipped inbetween 2 opponents to take a great mark in front of goals, but her kick dropped short and was rushed through.


Missed tackles was the call of the second quarter.  Missed tackles that lead to 2 easy Ainslie goals.  Lily had a crack in ruck, Dani and Maddy also found themselves at times floating through the middle.  With Ainslie using their bench so often, we needed to maintain a fresh midfield.  I'm not sure if by luck or skill... lets go with skill, our girls managed to avoid a handful of big crunching bumps around the ground as Ainslie looked to gain a physical advantage.  Steph was particularly great this quarter.  She gave away about 30cms and 15kg on her opponent and Ainslie looked to exploit the mis-match every time they went forward.   However Steph continually brought the ball and her opponent to ground, and cleared t.  Tij was a livewire, and looked to run everytime she got the ball.  Never in a straight line though, she has the best side step and burst of speed that I have ever seen on a football field.  Again it was the zone I was focussed on.  We kicked a further 2 points.  The first kick out was easily cleared to the half back line, where B2 brought it to ground and Estelle gathered the crumbs to move it back our way.  The second kick out went to ground thanks to Dani and Matisse, was hurriedly kicked out of our 50, but stopped by Breeza who drifted across the field to cut that kick off.  We were 16 points down at the long break, but except for 5 minutes where we let 2 quick goals in, we were well in control of the game.


We needed to strengthen our defence, keep the mids fresh and find a marking focal point in the forward line.  We had the girls to do it, they were just currently in the wrong positions.  Sarah went from wing to Full Forward.  Rhi to defence where we also rotated Lily and Sam.  Sophie and Mads moved from defence to the forward line and wing respectively, and seemed to be revitalised.  Focussing on getting the ball and not stopping an opponent saw their input into the game increase.  Tij became a rover.  Dani and Maddy roamed the forward 50 with small burst in the middle.  We still maintained control of the play, only now we were getting reward for effort as we started to kick goals.  Perhaps the unsung player during this quarter was Jess.  I was able to swing her onto the ground and bring the newer girls off the field so I could watch the game with them and show them what was good and bad about the plays.  Things like there should of been a shepherd, someone should of punched the ball, and that tackle was broken because of this, that tackle was good because of that.  Only small things but it allowed them to see the game from a different angle and go back on the field with a little more knowledge.  This quarter we scored the only goal. The single point we also kicked, resulted in a kick out went straight to Breeza who took an easy intercept mark.  B1 in defence managed to halt everything that came her way, and Rhi looked more at home in defence.  Along with Estelle in the last line of defence, they combined together in the last minute to stop not only their own opponents, but all other Ainslie players looking to kick a score, to work the ball out of the 50.  This left us less than 2 goals behind with a quarter to play.


The last quarter saw our girls again dominate and a quick into the 50 saw Sarah take a mark in the goal square and kick truly.  The ball seemed to live in our forward line.  On the occasion it did go back, B2, Steph, Estelle, Rhi, Sam/Lily and B1 were in total control.  Rhi carried a damaged finger throughout the last quarter and didn't let it effect her attack on the ball.  Mads on the wing had pace to burn and was getting the ball into the clear before kicking it forward.  Breeza got into the right spots at the right time to show what a clever footballer she is.  Courtney and Sophie added speed to our forwards.  Dani continued to outplay her opponent.  Maddy controlled her flank.  Kim's attack on the ball had Ainslie looking over their shoulders to make sure she wasn't next to them.  And our hard working midfield; Jenna, Matisse, Sam/Lily and Tij blanketed their opponents.  During the first part of the quarter we had a shot at goal that went across the face and ended up out of bounds, but before the ball was brought back into play, the umpire awarded a behind the play free to Dani.  It was so far behind play that neither benches actually saw the incident.  But according to Dani after the game when I caught up with her, she was thrown to the ground by her opponent and punched 3 times in the face.  Why?  Because she was giving her a football lesson.  A pretty ordinary incident that went unreported.  This incident seemed to motivate our girls and they peppered away at the goals.  Shorty after, Courtney who was having an outstanding first game got tackled while running towards goal and her ankle buckled beneath her.  In the 10 minutes it took to safely stretcher her off the ground (big thanks to James, Darren and the Ainslie trainers who helped), our girls moved into another gear.  Stronger, faster and more 'Goal-Kickier'.  Jess returned to the field in the forward line to again be an important part of our side.  We slammed in 2 goals within 5 minutes, our 2nd and 3rd for the quarter to blast Ainslie away.  The kick out from the one point we scored was again turned over by our zone.  We finished the game 7 points in front, thanks to a strong defence that didn't concede a goal after half time.  And Courtney managed to stay just long enough to be sprayed with water during the team song, before being driven to hospital in an ambulance.


Best Players could have gone to any number of players.  The award winners were:

Sarah who looks to have cemented herself as our full forward

Tij who played half a game on the wing and the last half in the middle... and didn't get any slower

Sam and Lily for their tireless work in the middle and defensive work when resting down back

Estelle who played an amazing game despite the shocking week she just went through   and

Courtney who took on the Centre Half Forward roll in her first game and dominated


This week we take on Queanbeyan at home, in what promises to be a hard clash.  But if we have the same intensity for the whole game that we showed in the last quarter, we should come home winners.

Youth Girls Under 15

Ainslie Black at Reid

Footy is finally here. The long preseason is over, and a beautiful Autumn day greeted the girls for their first game of the season.

Once again we have had a large turnover of player. Some moving up to the U18s, some moving on to different things, and a whole lot of new players joining the team.  Due to other commitments and injury we fielded 19.

The girls started on fire, they were committed and competitive. We had talked about being positive and taking the game to the opposition and the new look midfield with Ebony in Ruck, Kiara, Kaitlyn and Tiahna got in hard to the contest. Ainslie were also having a go, the ball was moving between the 50m arc with both team making some moves forward only to be turned around by solid defence. The 0,1 to 0,1 quarter time score was a good reflection of the play.

Into the second quarter and it was more of the same. We were getting on top in the ruck, but struggled with our skills going forward. Jezza, Jess and Claire were working hard to feed Madi, Lilly, Marissa and Zoe in the forward line but we got no reward for our effort. Chloe was dominating across half back and pumping it back up the corridor. When it did go deep in to our backline Mia, Tori, Kierra, Hayley brought the ball to ground. We hand passed and made some space. Josie was having a day out, cleaning up at fullback and getting it out to Kierra and Kayla who was making a lot of space from the wing. Ainslie hit a purple patch and picked up two easy goals and took a handy lead into half time.

We needed to markup on a couple of players in the third so Clarie and Ash took turns on their speedier player and Jezza moved into the midfield to give us a bit more drive. Kiara and Jezza made a heap of tackles and won several free kicks. We spread the ball and worked to the hot spot, only to turn it over. Ainslie were defending well, and even when we locked it in they held us out.

The last quarter was more open with both teams providing some nice play and chain passing. Josie was remaining cool under pressure and getting good help from the other backs, we started to string together some good passages of play. Our skills were coming back to us but it was too little too late. Although the scoreboard was one sided it was not a true reflection of the game. The intent and commitment by all the girls, including the 7 new girls, was very pleasing. We were hard at the contest, made a lot of tackles and put sustained pressure on the opposition. We stuck to the game plan and although we didn’t execute as well as we could have, we showed some good signs of the ability we have within the team. 

This week’s awards went to:

Jezza, Chloe, Kiara, Josie, Claire and Tiahna

Under 15


Gungahlin Jets v Marist at Amaroo

The season started for the Gungahlin Jets Under 15s with most players stepping up from last years under 14 team. Some new players joining the group this year are #1 – Biar Biar, #13 Angus Cowburn, #26 – Ishka Saini, and returning to AFL after a year away due to injury, #21 Trent Hohnke.

Steve Withers, Jarrod Howard, Jason McMaster and Andrew Sheil are the coaching group for the under 15s and word from the training track is that all the players want more of Jason’s flank runs. 

The first game of the season also saw James Savill return as boundary umpire. David Hohnke returns to the position of Team Runner. Great way to stay fit for the cricket season Dave! We really appreciate those parents who put up their hands to help out each round.

With Kevin Riley taking over as Team Manager after Carmel Looby’s five-year tenure in the job, we should have seen Carmel and Glen sitting in the sun at Amaroo and enjoying their coffee as Alex defended many Marist attacks. But no, Glen was operating the scoreboard and Carmel was sitting with Stacey Ozanne who was doing timekeeping for the first time. Thank you to Carmel and Glen and great work Stacey. It would be great to see other parents stepping up to assist with game-day activities. 

Thank you also to Sulakhan for helping with the Best and Fairest votes this week. 

When the game started we saw the Jets Under 15s were putting in some great defensive effort to attempt to defeat strong Marist offensive efforts, the Jets’ backline felt the pressure first. #30 Alex Looby, #42 Trent Purcell and # 48 Benny Savill were all involved early in the game. #8 Blake Hardy was in and under the ball trying to get it forward. #14 Nic Gainey was looking to give the half-back options through the centre of the ground.

A head clash for #8 Ethan Hopman and a stray elbow into the mouth of #23 Jack Riley saw both Jets’ players down on the ground, but they both picked themselves up and got back into the game, giving some running options and handballs and linking players.

With Marist dominating the first three quarters there were opportunities for the back line to be heavily involved in the game. #3 Jett O'Shaughnessy, #4 Noel Crowther and #24 Ash Fage were strong players across half-back and through the middle of the ground. A series of marks and kicks saw the Jets start to move the ball forward sand down the wing. Strong marks by #1 Biar Biar, #7 Josh Ozanne and #10 Braden ‘Braydo’ Jones then lead to getting the ball forward, typically through hard running by #5 Jordan ‘JayMac’ McMaster.

In the final quarter the Jets efforts stared to see #26 Ishka Saini, #21 Trent Honhke and #13 Angus Cowburn getting their hands on the ball in the forward line. #17 Mathew Rock was able to get the first of the six behinds kicked in the final quarter. Really good defensive efforts kept Marist goal-less in the final quarter.

Marist’s final score of 9 goals, 14 behinds 68 points to the Jets 6 points did not represent the effort that the Jets players made on the field. Awards went to those players who were kept up their effort throughout the game. Jett, Blake, Noel, Jack, Braydo and Biar were recognised by the coaching group for special mention.


Thanks to #25 Manav Mukhopadhyay and #17 Matthew Rock for stepping up from the under 14s to make up some numbers in the under 15s competition.

The second game of 2018 will be against the Belconnen at Amaroo on Saturday, 12 May 2018. 

This year the Jets Club is using a new system for staffing the canteen with volunteers. Each team will have one day during the season to run the canteen. This Saturday our Under 15s have responsibility for the canteen from:

8.30 am to 12.15 pm, and

2.00 pm to 3.15 pm.

This means you will still get to watch the Under 15s play, and also contribute to the ongoing success of the Gungahlin Jets.

Our team has also been asked to provide some fresh food for the canteen - a pot of soup, a casserole/bolognaise, home-made mini pizzas, fruit/yoghurt cups, cupcakes are all great options.  By offering some these attractive options we hope to encourage more people to eat from the canteen and assist with boosting canteen sales and fundraising for the Club.

Sign up at:


So get to the ground early this Saturday, catch up with other families who are part of Jets community, help out at the canteen and assist with the many game day activities that make sure the game can go ahead.

Kevin Riley - Coach

Under 14


Round 1 was finally here for the new-look Gungahlin Jets Under 14s side! After a massive pre-season of no less than 88 days, 30 training sessions and four practice matches, the Jetters were primed and  ready for take-off!!! Over the off-season the side formerly known as the U13s Jets had lost five champs – Bella Greco (temporarily retired), Omar Salavert Wykes (mixed martial arts), Vincent Fabrizio (retired), Blake Langdon (retired) and Finn Shannon (transferred to Ireland!). They had, however, added several exciting new recruits to the squad, including Caleb Bolton, Hayden Greenwood and Yelimali “The Y-man” Adam, all coming across from the round ball game, the latter being our second African recruit in the past 12 months! In a massive boost to the squad they were also joined by three ex-Magpies superstars – Ryan Ulrich, Tom McCormack and Jaiken Bell, after the Magpies had sadly folded in this age group in the off-season, much to the benefit of the Jets! 

Unfortunately the Jets were to go into the season-opener minus 6 stars, including Joven “Jib” May (who had had his spleen lacerated in a dirty behind-the-play incident in a practice match against Illawarra), Hayden Greenwood (who had snapped his finger in a schoolyard footy mishap), Jordan Snell (heal), Matty Andrews (who was still recovering from a broken collar bone), Campbell Lewis (unavailable) and Cayden Porter (unavailable).

Nonetheless, this was still an imposing Jets line-up for a Round 1 blockbuster against Marist Royal, on a balmy May Saturday morning. Coincidentally, the Jets coach was a barmy May, but that’s beside the point. The Jets line-up consisted of no less than 5 Jets debutants – Messrs Adam, Bolton, Ulrich, McCormack and Bell – congratulations, lads!

Substitute Umpire Charley Godfrey sent the ball sailing into the blue sky of Amaroo and the season was underway!!! Jesse Heighway won the first centre clearance of the season as the ball was shuffled forward for the Jets, before Ky Rankine dished out a desperate handball to Jakey Rawlins who dribbled the ball from the forward pocket….straight through for a goal!!! Bring back the dribble, only 53 seconds into the season - the Jets were away!!!! The home side continued on to dominate the quarter but were unable to convert on the scoreboard and at quarter time held on to a narrow 7-point lead. 

In the second quarter Marist Royale wit cheese lifted their intensity and enjoyed a fruitful period in which they kicked two opportunistic goals to take the lead. The Jetters battled to stay in touch but by half-time the Royal family held a slender 5-point lead. The Jets fought back hard in the 3rd quarter, forcing a stalemate on the scoreboard, despite enjoying the majority of forward territory. At 3-quarter time the margin had been reduced to just 4 points, with Marist still in front, setting up a thrilling finale!!

With the match well and truly on the line the Jets began the final quarter in style – Jakey tapped down to Hoffy, who dished it off to Ky, who punted the ball into the Jets forward 50 – a hapless unsuspecting Marist lad swooped on the ball before Ollie “The Moose” Robertson pounced on him and simply savaged him into the turf in a brutal bone-crunching tackle. The ball spilled free and the Jets were able to lock it inside their forward 50. Tommy McCormack snapped a behind before marking the resulting kick in and passing beautifully to Matty Rock, who took a juggling mark 40m out straight in front!! Matty punted long to the goals...but the footy fell just short, punched through on the line, Jets down by 2 points, with the clock ticking away!! From the next kick in Matty Rock produced a magical moment of inspiration! He dived desperately on a loose ball, underneath a pack of 10 players, somehow won the impossible contested ball, somehow grubbered a handball forward out of the pack, which Ruan “Arnie” Hennig scooped up, shrugged off 5 would-be tacklers and mongrel-punted the sherrin towards the goals – somehow the ball twisted inside the right-hand big stick by inches – goal!!!! And the Jets were in front!! From the ensuing centre bounce Ky Rankenstein monstered yet another centre clearance, belting the ball inside 50 again. The Moose won a free but sprayed it slightly wide for a behind as the Jets extended their lead to 5 points. The ball see-sawed from end to end for the next few minutes but with 8 minutes remaining Arnie won a free kick in a ruck contest 30m out on a slight angle. The big South African calmly went back and slotted the ball through for a sausage roll as the Jets extended their lead! The Jets were on the charge now as they continued to pummel the ball forward – the Marist backline was under siege! Felix Crozier was Johnny-on-the-spot, booting 2 goals in 2 minutes for the Jets and the blue, black and whites were home!!! Marist added a couple of late consolation points before the siren rang, signalling a magnificent 20-point come-from-behind win for the mighty Jetters – what a way to start Season 2018!!!!

The Jets boasted a plethora of heroic players, in fact the majority of the team chipped in. Ruan and Felix were the goal-kicking heroes in the last quarter, Matt Rock’s last quarter desperation in the forward line was game-breaking, as was Ky Rankine’s in the centre square, Rawlins and Lee dominated the ruck hit outs throughout the day, Huender, Hoffy and Tanner repelled attack after attack in the defensive half and Ulrich picked up leather-poisoning on debut for the Jets.

Thanks very much to Mick Peterson Mark Godrey, who performed the umpiring duties after a league umpire didn’t show up, to Brett Marshall for his boundary roving, and to Jorge the flag-flapper behind the goals.

Mark of the Day:  Classic juggling effort from Matty “Pebbles” Rock in the last quarter.

Goal of the Day:  Jake Rawlins with a classic dribble kick from the pocket in the 1st quarter.

Play of the Day:  Matt Rock’s incredible contested win in the last quarter, as he shuffled the ball out to Arnie, who snapped truly to put the Jetters in front!!!

Final score:  Gungahlin Jets 5-7-37 defeated Marist Royal 2-5-17

Awards:  Calanm Huender, Ryan Ulrich, Felix Crozier

Special mentions:  Daniel Hoffmann, Tanner Shalless, Kyan Rankine, Jake Rawlins, Ruan Hennig, Matthew Rock

Goals:  Ruan Hennig, Felix Crozier 2; Jake Rawlins 1

Under 13


Having completed a solid preseason including a couple of trial games I was optimistic about the round 1 clash against last year’s Grand Finalist team Marist. Speculation that Marist will be fielding no less than 10 representative players, the match was sure to be a great litmus test for just how well the Jets have bonded and trained during the preseason.

I’m pleased to say that not only did we adjust to the new early timeslot; we proved to ourselves that we are right on track for a competitive season. The game was played in fantastic conditions though the ball was a little slippery in the first quarter. Both sides were able to advance the ball into their respective forward lines, but the strong defence of each team took away any opportunity for the goal umpire to get involved. By half time the Jets had three scoring opportunities and Marist 5 opportunities, with Marist winning on the scoreboard by 7 points.

Again, the third and fourth quarters ebbed and flowed between the forward lines, but we definitely had more possession in our forward 50 than Marist. Unfortunately, we couldn’t capitalise on this possession with scoreboard pressure, missing agonisingly close 4 shots on goal and ultimately going down by 13 points. The game had many notable highlights including some excellent contested marks, tackles, bumps and great passing kicks. The most pleasing highlight though was the contribution from the whole squad for the entire 4 quarters!! 

Keep this up boys because this was a fantastic effort and I couldn’t have been prouder.

Bring on round 2.

Under 12 Black

After what seem an age 16 eager Jet’s arrived at Amaroo for round 1 of the 2018 season. With Mitchell H away on family Duty and Jordy out with dislocated and broken finger Ainlise Red kindly offered us two players. It was the only act of kindness they would show us all game. From the first ball up or team just wasn’t in the game. Ainslie showed they are a well drilled side who took advantage of every opportunity throughout the 4 quarters. 

The up side for our team was the quality of effort that they put in for whole game. They could have quite easily given up. Not one of them did. As full back Josh saw far to much of the ball and worked hard all game. Logan never stopped and was all over the ground. Ari placed himself in harms way. Sam spent more time on the ground after some very effective bumps. Bree took some time to get into the game and was rewarded with a great forward mark. Kieran and Newcomer Austin shared the ruck against taller opposition.Mitchell C, Matthew, Lachlan and William work through the midfield doing all the could.Issac, Rod, Toby and Nick were busy in the back. Although we were well beaten on the scoreboard the last of the game showed what the team cane do. Three very good footy decisions lead to a kick on goal after the siren. While the score will go against Edward’s name it was a real team goal. 

The team has work to do and Coach Andy saw some things we can work on. On a tough day of footy it was great to hear nothing but encouragement form our parents and supporters. Well done team, hard work but you never gave and you made your opposition work hard all day.

Awards this week went to Ed, Mitch, Logan, Ari, Josh and Sam

Under 12 Blue

Welcome back you beautiful thing! The sun was shining, the footy gods were smiling and the mighty Jets under 12 blue team was open for business as they took on south side rivals; the Tuggeranong Lions in Kambah and emerged victors by a score line of 54-9. The dominance of the Jets was somewhat diluted due to the large number of behinds kicked by the visitors.

Darcy O’Keeffe hit the field running and was at his usual busy best. Darcy cleaned up loose possessions and launched attacking raids with his footwork, running and kicking. Ethan Russell was the teams everywhere man, Ethan followed the play and was spirited in every contest. Ethan won a lot of possession for the Jets team by simply out enthusing his opposition.

Austin Evans played all over the field and was good at moving possession to his team mates. Declan Howard played one of his best matches ever as he chased the play with vigour. Declan was often rewarded with these efforts by winning possession for the Jets team and initiating the Jets attack. Rok van Dalen had a strong first game with strong collisions and long raking kicks.

First gamer Jamie Balshaw who has previously made a name for himself in Rugby League, Touch, Oztag (and the list goes on) played liked a veteran with special touches of the football, Jamie is known as the ‘Big Show’ and is a player to watch as he develops his game over the coming weeks.

Brothers Joshua and Kaiden Armstrong showed that they will be force for the Jets blue team with both players using their speed, size and strength to dominate their opponents. Both players could defuse the opponents attacking raids and win possession for the Jets team on the back of these athletic abilities.

Findlay Farrell put in very strong first game showing, as he showed the full skill set of AFL with strong running, ball handling skills and great disposal options. Harrison Greenwood, a Jets blue regular, hit the field full of running, kicking and enthusiasm. One of teams 50 gamers, Harrison showed his experience by winning vital possession for the team and kick starting the Jets attack on many occasions.

Tyler Thomas dominated his opposition in every contest. Tyler was very spirited in possession contests and showed great athletic ability when given some room to move. Rachel Carroll took the field for the second season with the Jets blue team and showed a very smart football brain by finding herself in the right place at the right time as well as showing a great willingness to sink her teeth into possession contests.

Kasey van Dieman and Jack Dawson were menacing all day; both players out enthused their opponents to win possession of the football and both players showed that they can compete for the entire 60 minutes; leaving their opponents in their wake.

The Jets blue team also welcomed first time player with the Jets team: Kallan Llyod. Kallan immediately made his presence felt with several clever touches of the football and smart positional play.

Special thanks to the Gungahlin Jets under 11 players who backed up from their earlier match. Stuart, Marcus, Dante, Will and Zac all showed they can handle the step up and added some real punch to the team.

Next week the Jets blue team are at home in Amaroo against the Weston Creek Molonglo Wildcats.

Go Jets!

Under 11 Black

In their first hit out of the season the U/11 Jets Black team came up against a very well-drilled Ainslie Red side. The sun was shining at our home ground, the boys were keen for their first taste of the game without the modifications of U/10s (full tackle, unlimited bounces, and a full-sized ground). As always the coaching and management staff of Adam, Matt and Simon could not be faulted. We had a deep bench, so lots of fresh legs to take the field. 
The game didn’t seem as one-sided as the final score might indicate, with all the boys leaving nothing on the park. Special mentions go out to Ando for a fantastic show of skill with a long run and bounces along the boundary line during the second quarter. Liam was also not backward in coming forward with some great crunching tackles. Murphy as ever was in amongst it. Harry took a couple of super possessions coming out of defence, thanks to James’ left boot.
It was a great effort for the season opener and the boys and parents are already looking forward to next Saturday’s game.

Under 10 Black

A glorious day greeted the U/10’s Jets Black for their first game of the 2018 season, a home game against Ainslie Red.
Our team had only one training session together as a group so nobody was really sure what to expect, but it did not take long for us to realise that the lads had come to play.
The effort in all of the 3 terms was nothing short of outstanding with pressure act after pressure act being the order of the day. 
Our lads put the opposition under so much discomfort that for long periods the ball was camped in our half of the field as both our forwards and our midfield refused to let the Ainslie team get past them.
We had winners all over the ground and while it is a cliche that sometimes gets handed out all to regularly, the “All Played Well” card certainly could have been given today.
Our Goulburn trio of Eamon Sheil, Toby Treloar and Cameron Schultz along with Haydon Ahern showed tremendous endeavour to work for each other and tackle hard in each zone they were in. Some brilliant selfless acts which resulted in goals were amongst the highlights.
Particularly Toby’s pressure act in the forward pocket where he threw himself at the ball against 2 Ainslie opponents, picked it up, dished it off to a team mate in support who kicked a goal was one of our plays of the day. 
Seeing Cameron Schultz kick on his non preferred foot was also terrific to see as we had practiced this difficult skill on Wednesday night.
This was also done by Clancy Preston on more than one occassion, who along with Liam Russell and Ethan Gibbs, combined beautifully in their zones. 
They shared the ball around with creative handball and well placed kicks to advantage allowing their team mates to attack the ball with confidence. The pressure these 3 put on the opposition was tireless.
Karl Niesen, Cohan Howard and Aiden Watts worked extremely well together putting their bodies on the line and using each other effectively to move the ball into the next area. 
All the boys should be proud of their performance today and realise that they have now set the benchmark for the rest of the year.
Special thanks to Ainslie Red for the game and for providing us some players to even up the numbers, to our Team Manager Brett Russell who umpired the game today and did a terrific job. 
To Andre Niesen who could not play due to an ankle injury but still wanted to be involved and goal umpire for the team.
To the parents who assisted in setting up and packing up of the ground, to the Preston family for providing the refreshments and to the effort of the Goulburn families who all made it to the ground by 8:45am…amazing!!
All these selfless acts are warmly appreciated as it allows me to teach these fantastic boys the greatest game on earth.
Well done to all and Go Jets Black!!

Under 10 White

We opened our season on Saturday with a great away game against the Western Molongolo Creek Wildcats. We had two players playing their first game of football and all players put in a really strong effort against a team that had an extra player all game. 

We opened the scoring in the first few minutes of the game with a nice goal from straight in front. The team kept up the pressure on the Wildcats with repeated forward line entries throughout the first third. The midfield of Liam K, Asher, Xaxier and Will provided some quick ball to our forwards Brandon, Mario, Maltiti and Jacob. 

The team had a strong second third, tackling relentlessly (but not taking the opposition to the ground), winning the contested ball, and defending like the 2016 Sydney Swans. The backline was able to stop quite a few potential goals by marking their opposition player and dropping back into the goal square to cut off shots on goal. 

The team ran out the game well with a solid final third. The forward line for this third of Noah, Ben, Liam C, and Max showed their class with some accurate passes, snaps from the pocket and a goal to finish the game. 

The biggest challenge of the day was controlling the local dog that stole the cones that marked each third of the field!!! 

Awards went to Mario for his ability to get the ball and dispose of it accurately, Maltiti for his great first game of football and Asher for his superb goal. 

Under 9 Blue


Round 1 of the 2018 season saw the Gungahlin Jets Under 9 Blue Team take on Ainslie Red at the Holt 101 ground.  After a sharp warm up and training session, Jets Blue were eager to play. Jets Blue showed grit and determination against a strong Ainslie Red outfit.


Henry Williams [72]: Henry gave a strong performance and competed well for possession of the football. Keep up the good work!


Lachlan McLeod (28): Lachlan competed tirelessly, taking many contested marks. Lachlan used each possession well, passing to teammates with his booming kick. Well done!


William Turner (69): William worked hard, providing good drive in the midfield and stopping many opposition plays. Nicely done!


Thomas Carton [15]:  Thomas thrived when the pressure was on. Thomas tackled with gusto and rebounded the football to teammates in attacking positions.  Well Done!


Alex Ruhfus (71):  I want to congratulate Alex who showed great poise in his first AFL game. Alex was very competitive, a strong team player and is one to watch. Good effort! 


Lucas Ceely (25): Our Captain for the Week, Lucas, put in a strong performance for the Jets, leading by example.  Lucas was especially solid when rebounding the ball from Defence. Good stuff! *Winner of Guzman & Gomez Player of The Match*.


Max Porter (70): Max impressed on Saturday through his ability to read the play as it unfolded. Max covered a lot of ground during the match and his long kicking is an asset to the team. Well played!


Lincoln Wilson [79]: Lincoln competed strongly for possession and worked hard in attack. Lincoln’s ability to quickly pass the ball to team mates was terrific. Good work!


Oliver Blight (76): Oliver supported his teammates well and used his footspeed to good effect when needed. Good effort! *Winner of Jets Canteen Voucher*.


Kaleb Hamilton (20): Thanks to Kaleb of the Jets Black team, who put in a strong performance for Jets Blue. Nice one!


Many thanks to James Ceely who officiated the match and to all other parents, rostered or not, who gave their time to ensure the game run smoothly.   


Go Jets!

Jason Blight - Coach, U9 Blue.

Under 9 Grey

Clear sky and sunshine greeted the U9 Jets Grey as we ventured to Kippax to take on the Magpies Black on their home deck. As 10 players were available, the Magpies kindly lent us 2 players to even up the numbers.

With only a couple of training runs under our belts, there was much anticipation as to how the team would gel together. But right from the first bounce the skills we’d been practising started to shine through.

The first term saw the Magpies put early pressure on the Jets backline. A couple good long kick ins from Chloe and terrific intercept marking from Alex seemed to steady these initial attacks. Some good team work moved the ball quickly up the ground and the nice work was finished off by Max who scored the first goal. Solid tackling and clearance work by Patrick, stopped the Pies in their tracks, and enabled multiple forward entries & opportunities to score.

The second term was much of the same with the ball moving from end to end. Eamon and Tarkyn linked up down the wing, then passed to Preston who ran like Dangerfield away from the pack to kick a fantastic goal on the run. Down back, Jackson was tackling anything that moved-even his own team mates (the Magpies players on loan!!)

The final term we were tested again by a Magpies team that wasn’t going away. In the centre Campbell took some great marks under pressure, whilst down back Emily continued to attack the ball, earning the joint Player of the Match award along with Alex. 

A fantastic team effort first up, against a very good opposition!

Under 9 White


With the sun beating down the boys were off to a great start to the 2018 season. With new players and new rules being introduced around tackling (which was celebrated by all) the team came together with excellent inclusion, communication and teamwork. This year the Gungahlin Jets and the U9 White team are excited to welcome a couple of new players to AFL.  The Veal brothers of Tighe and Callan will bring a fresh energy to the team and season.  With the support of younger brother Tighe and the rest of the team, Callan joins the Jets as the first visually impaired player to AFL Canberra.  


Tighe and Callan showed great agility and confidence taking on a new game, coming from a soccer background. Tighe got off some great runs with the ball while Callan showed his golden boot with a big kick-in from the goal square. Both brothers tackled well and got off a number of handballs to keep the game progressing well. 


The Mead brothers approached the game with gusto, with Hayden kicking the first goal for the team and making some great runs during play.  Riley worked well in defence, notably taking a great mark from a Panthers kick and he also produced some fruitful tackles.


Big kickers from last year Lewis Moore and Callum Halliday did not disappoint with their long bombs down the field and both adapted smoothly to the longer ground set up.  Being the taller members of the team they both enjoyed the opportunity for tackling which was new to them for this year. A number of shots at goal resulted in a couple of behinds with their kicking accuracy set to improve as the season continues.


Rounding out the team Declan Heycox, Oliver Smidt and Jasper Bartlett all had a great first run for the season. Declan showed skill with his kicking and quick feet, running around the opposition getting back into the groove of the footy game and generating some runs towards the goals. Ollie was straight into the tackling side of the game and produced some great stoppages in the opposition’s game plan. Jasper got stuck into playing with a number of advancing runs and great defence in the mid-field by blocking the Panthers access to the ball during a number of centre bounces, he also made a number of runs in the forward third assisting his team mates in the goal square.


Award winners this week were Hayden Mead and Lewis Moore.


Special mention to James, Beau and Eamon from the Panthers who boosted our team numbers for a third each, especially Eamon who kicked two goals and a couple of behinds for us!

Under 8 Black


Blue skies greeted an enthusiastic group of Jets U8s at Kippax on Saturday.  After a quick introduction it was down to business with the jumper presentation and a few words from the coach.

With the clock ticking down to the season opener against a formidable Jets White side we managed a few drills to sharpen up our handballing, marking and kicking skills.

With Umpire Russell laying down the rules for both teams it was time to take the field.  Abigail was appointed our team captain for the day and after winning the toss we were away.  In a fierce contest played in great spirit by both teams there was plenty of open footy on display.

A few school based combinations were on display with Cooper and Lewis working well out of the backline.  At the other end of the ground Noah was dynamic in the forward line with some strong marks and kicks for goal.  Showing the benefit of a solid pre-season on the Holy Spirit oval were Tyler and Ewan who were both on the lookout for an available team mate to get a quick handball or clearing kick away to.

In the face of some sustained pressure from the opposition, Miles, Gerardo and Kabir were kept busy in the midfield holding off some determined attacking raids from Jets White.

Ronan and Aidan were also busy around the ground with both players taking some solid contested marks and kicking us out of trouble on several occasions.

With the warm conditions starting to take their toll late in the game it was left to our backline trio of Carter, Ben and Lucas to hold off a committed Jets White forward line.

It was a great effort by the whole team with everyone putting in a massive effort on the day and most importantly judging by the smiles on the faces of both teams after the game we all had a lot of fun.

With a change in the weather forecast this week it is shaping up to be an early test of our wet weather footy skills. 

Rob McElhinney - Coach

Under 8 Blue

After everyone walking around asking if you are Grey, Black, Blue or White we found our team and settled into a good training session.  We have a great mix of both kids who have never played AFL before as well as our Rookie graduates.  Zaeem, Isaac and Rohan all showed that whilst they had never played they obviously knew what it takes to be a good player.
Our first centre line won a lot of the ball with Archer and Jackson moving it quickly into our forward line, with Rohan converting their good play into goals.  Our second third saw us defend a lot of attacks by Ainslie, well repelled back into our forward by Connor, Lachlan and Christian.  We saw a lot of action in the last third, with Josh and Casey dominating our forward line, shooting at goals from every direction, so much so that Nellie needed to wake up our backline with a beautiful kick in the wrong direction which quickly came back to her and she sent another beautiful kick into our forward line. 
All in all, we played as a team and had a great day.  Rohan was awarded our MVP.  Thank you to the parents that assisted with umpiring, time keeping and were actively involved in the training.  This will make it so much of any easier season with everyone helping.
Adrian Dart - Coach

Under 8 Grey

The U8 Jets Grey season was off to a great start to the 2018 Season on Saturday for their first game against the Belconnen Magpies. From the get go, the team was enthusiastic to get in and practice their skills at training before the game. Alex got in and gave the drills a good go, while Shivin and Amity showed great improvement from Rookies last year.

As the game got going, Jets Grey showed the Magpies that they were a force to be reckoned with. Charlie was all over hand balling the ball to his team mates and Daniel, Lachie B and Thomas ran circles around the Magpies in attack, kicking many of the goals for the day.

In the centre, Domenic, Lachie F and Matthew performed great and showed that they weren’t  afraid to get in the ruck and get the ball back out there to the rest of the team. Lachie G and Mika stayed alert and ready, putting in a very good defensive effort, stopping goals and delivering the ball back to the forward line.

The Game Day Award was difficult to choose for week one; with all the talent in the team, but went to Daniel, who had some great kicking game. Overall, the entire team did great kicking goals, working together and paying attention throughout the game - great effort kids, lets keep this momentum going for the rest of the season!

Go Jets Grey!

Ben Horton - Coach

Under 8 White

What a glorious way to kick off the season!! The sun was shining and Jets White played an awesome first game against Jets Black. The kids displayed great team work, sharing the ball around with many handballs!! Several goals were kicked, spectacular marks (almost taken!) and many smiles could be seen from both the players and their proud parents on the side line!

The Jets White took off with a BLAST! And it was Adrian who got things off to a great start, taking a fantastic mark and continued to have many touches of the ball finishing the first third off with a couple of goals. The girls also teamed up in the back line with Claudia handballing to Izzy who kicked it out of the goal third to prevent the Blacks from scoring.

In the second third, it was Murphy Hart who had good hands and kicked the ball out of defensive half several times. Tom also displayed skill, selling the candy and sending the ball into our forward line. The twins Matthew and Adrian, showed brotherly love, passing it to one another and finishing with a goal by Matthew.

Jets White continued to run hard and share the ball in the final and final third. Unfortunately the backline did not see much of the ball due to the dominance of the mid line. Isaac showed great sportsmanship, handballing it cleverly off to Oliver who delivered it straight to Tom who finished it off with yet another goal!!

All the Jets White put in a huge effort and showed great sportsmanship.

Congratulations to the awards winners this week; Isabelle Esdaile, Adrian Davies and Tom Pellow.

We look forward to the game next week at Aranda and fingers crossed we’ll have the same beautiful weather!!

Player Sponsors

The Jets greatly appreciates all our sponsors and relies on their ongoing support to enable us to field teams every season. If you would like to become a player sponsor please send an email to 

Astral Float Studio Sponsoring Jasmine Gregory

Bink Pavers sponsoring Rosie Bink

Bink Cement Products/Pavers are all manufactured locally here in Canberra with our materials sourced from the surrounding region. This enables a cheaper produced product which is very competitive to other products allowing for a more affordable landscape design to be achievable. Local Canberra companies have used our products in award winning homes and landscape designs for a wide range of customers.

Capital Fibreglass Pools sponsoring Britt Tully

Capital Fibreglass Pools is a locally owned and operated company, specialising in the installation of the highest quality in fibreglass swimming pools in Australia.  We service the Canberra region and surrounds and have done so with pride and outstanding results for over 23 years. Add value to your home, make the most of family life and extend your living room with an in ground swimming pool or spa. There is no better way to enjoy your leisure time, relaxing, entertaining friends and keeping cool on hot sunny days than with a pool or spa installed by Capital Fibreglass Pools.

Capital Veneering sponsoring Daniel Leon

Capital Veneering is a locally owned joinery workshop focused on high quality products with outstanding customer service.  Delivering the right solution for every client through their wide range of services including commercial and residential joinery, bespoke furniture, kitchens, bathrooms, as well as corporate and government office fitouts.

Capital Veneering is a multi-award winning company situated in Queanbeyan just outside Canberra and has been operating since 2000.

Check out their website and Facebook page or arrange a time to visit the new showroom! 

Enhance Healthcare sponsoring Travis Scholfield

Enhance is a locally owned family business proudly providing quality healthcare to the Canberra community for over 15 years.  Our business is built with the customer at the forefront of everything we do.  We have established a highly skilled and professional team, across multiple disciplines with the specific view of delivering the best possible client outcomes.

Fiducian Canberra sponsoring Joseph Looby

Fiducian Canberra was established in 2002. We provide personalised financial planning advice to local families.  Fiducian Canberra has a team of planners whose skills and experience cover a broad range of specialised areas - though our expertise in advising on the ComSuper schemes is our major point of difference in the Canberra market.

IGA / Local Liquor Ngunnawal sponsoring Kieren Whyte

IGA / Local Liquor Ngunnawal is a friendly family service with a smile and great weekly specials on groceries and liquor.  IGA Ngunnawal is the place to be.  Supporting youth and the local families of Gungahlin.

Justin Thorpe Plumbing and Gasfitting sponsoring Brent Fraser

Leaking pipes or a clogged toilet? Broken gas stove or heater? Leaking taps?
The professional tradespeople at Justin Thorpe's Plumbing and Gasfitting have an economical and efficient solution to all your plumbing and gasfitting needs.

McGrathNicol sponsoring Luke Martin

McGrathNicol is a national firm of Chartered Accountants specialised in providing advisory and forensic accounting services.  In Canberra, our dedicated Government Advisory team advises our Australian Government clients across a broad range of services, including: financial advisory; internal audit; governance; risk management; forensic; and procurement and probity advice.

No Roads Expeditions sponsoring William Hambleton


No Roads Expeditions is an expert remote adventure travel operator operating out of Melbourne. Our objective is to provide our guests with a thoughtful adventure, one filled with challenges, knowledge and a few creature comforts along the way. We pride ourselves on the quality of expeditions we run, our customer service and quality of care we give. We operate expeditions in PNG, Indonesia, Nepal, Timor Leste, Europe, Peru, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Tonga and more. Our groups are moderate in size and we provide flexibility for private trips. Your adventure with us is brought to life with guaranteed fun, laughs and expert knowledge

Siren Bar and Restaurant sponsoring Matt Sheldon

Tailored Project Services Sponsoring Brendan Corbett

Team Fitness Sponsoring Beth Coster and Zach Barton-Browne

TEAM Fitness Centre is a fully equipped training facility that boasts two weight rooms, a massive cardio theatre, functional training equipment and plenty of options for group fitness classes. Nestled in the heart of Dickson, TEAM Fitness, formerly Northside Fitness, is Canberra's longest standing gym with over 40 years of service and is now one of the largest 24/7 gym facilities in Canberra. Members of the gym enjoy a friendly and relaxed training environment where a strong sense of community is a real highlight of the TEAM Fitness experience.

Territory Horticulture sponsoring Stewart 'Bobcat' Boyd

Territory Horticulture is a specialist in grounds maintenance services.  With a proven track record of over 20 years in the grounds maintenance industry, our effective and dedicated maintenance team ensures your grounds are kept pristine all year round

Woodgreen Constructions sponsoring James 'Nobba' Noble

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