By Jordan Witte and Claire Macuz
Metro Jets’ Division 2 side is ruing “the one that got away” after crashing to a narrow defeat against Doncaster & Districts on Tuesday night.
Going down by just 4 goals in a 30-34 loss, head coach Ferruccio Servello lamented missed opportunities as the side continues to search for its first victory of the season.
“It was one we should have won. We were right there,” Servello said.
“We just made some basic errors. Poor passing, poor decision-making let us down, but there were still positives from the game,” he added.
Still missing goalkeeper Clare Johnson, and sporting somewhat of a new look squad, the Jets put up a fight against a strong Doncaster side, never trailing by more than 4 goals.
Arabella Williams played well in the unfamiliar wing defense position, while Courtney Czak continued her rapid improvement displayed during pre-season.
“Courtney’s just continuing to get better. I’m happy with how she’s tracking,” Servello said.
The team was level with Doncaster at quarter time, down by one goal at halftime, and trailed by three goals at three-quarter time. Despite a welcome return to form from 18-year-old Haylee Wilcox, who combined well with newcomer Kathryn Hard and ultra-consistent Elle Kamay, the deficit could not be hauled in.
“Haylee did very well coming back,” Servello said after the game. “It’s pleasing to see that she’s improving. She’s at training, she’s putting in the hours.”
A five-interception game from Casey Jess was soured when the versatile defender left the court late in the last quarter with a calf injury. Scans have revealed that Jess will miss up to six weeks with the injury.
“It’s very disappointing for us and for Casey,” Servello said. “She’s a professional though, we’ll get her back later in the season and she’ll help us push for finals.”
The top Jets side will get a chance to steady their season and chase their first win, when they return to court against Banyule on Valentine’s Day.