By Jordan Witte, Claire Macuz & Salv Lupone
A dominant goaling performance from team captain Liliana Morgan and Georgia Padden was the driving force behind a 34-10 victory for the U15 Division 6 Metro Jets side, which sees them sitting pretty a game clear on top of the ladder.
Under the watchful eye of coach Kim Dooley, the Jets blew through Northern Storm in the first quarter, jumping to a seven goal lead at the first break. Padden, fresh from stints in the U17s, continued her brilliant season, shooting at 100% alongside Morgan.
Alicia Lupone and Hannah McManus controlled the midcourt, with Lupone particularly influential in wing attack. Dooley praised McManus’ effort at quarter time, calling the centre court player “versatile, disciplined and very quick.”
Defensively, Amelia Fortunaso-McKay’s rebounding ensured the Storm wouldn’t enjoy many second chances. Her pairing with Charlotte Caldow and partnership with Katia Dossis finished several Storm drives before they got going, as the Jets pounced on anything loose and sought to turn intercepts into goals.
Although the future looks bright for the entire team, with multiple members having had exposure to both tournament play and higher levels of competition, Dossis’ improvement in wing defense has been remarkable. Her defensive instincts are off the charts, and her willingness to work hard for her teammates will hold her in good stead going forward.
Ella Parker’s introduction to centre proved fruitful, as the bouncy centre ran riot. Working in tandem with her midcourt, the Jets were able to provide Morgan and Padden with plenty of opportunities, going into the long break up by 11 goals.
The third quarter belonged to Morgan. Shooting six goals from seven attempts, the goaler put the Storm to bed, as Lupone cashed in on a tiring Storm outfit to have it all her own way in the centre court.
With a fifteen goal lead at the final change and a victory all but assured, the Jets were able to give Fortunaso-McKay an opportunity in goal shooter. Pairing with Padden as Morgan was given a well-earned rest, Fortunaso-McKay shot at 75% for the quarter, proving her versatility and continuing her development as a well-rounded netballer.
Parker and McManus were rampant in the midcourt, as Padden added another five goals to the already lopsided total.
Caldow and Dossis took advantage of an exhausted Storm outfit, holding their opponents to just one goal for the quarter.
The Jets remain undefeated after seven rounds, with a monstrous percentage of 245.
Everyone else is looking up at them. Catch them if you can.