The Northern Knights have started off 2017 in fine fashion recording a 16-point win over the Western Jets on Sunday afternoon at IKON Park.
Knights Captain Nick Coffield kicked three goals in the last quarter and four for the game in a match winning display in a move up forward after half time.
The Knights got off to a flying start kicking the first five goals of the game, including two each to Patrick Naish and Braedyn Gillard which got coach Justin Wenke proud of the way the boys started the game.
“The start the boys had shows the type of high standard football we can play, it was an outstanding first quarter and it was really exciting.” Wenke said.
The Jets slowly worked their way back into the game after the first term, eventually taking the lead late in the third quarter but the Knights steadied up the match, managing to get the game tied heading into the final change.
Through a strong start led by the captain, the Knights and were able to take back the lead and finish off with a confidence lifting win sealed by Alex Federico’s goal.
“For us to lose the lead and work our way back into the game was a great sign of maturity and our leaders were great when we needed them.”
Nick Coffield in his first game as captain stepped up in the second half to kick his first goals for the Knights.
“For Coff to go forward and deliver when we needed him was a great sign of the leadership qualities he has.”
The Knights were aided by the work of Joel Grace who had his best game in the TAC Cup, while Patrick Naish, Alex Federico and Max Dreher all had standout games.
“Gracey was outstanding and he really put his stamp on the game with his ruck and ground work. Naishy, Fedder and Max are our best runners and they really delivered when the game was on the line.”
The Knights will take on the Sandringham Dragons next Sunday back at IKON Park in what will be a massive challenge for the team.
Northern Knights 6.3 7.3 9.8 14.12 (96)
Western Jets 2.2 4.7 9.8 12.8 (80)
Northern Knights: N. Coffield 4, P. Naish 2, B. Gillard 2, A. Federico, V. Nativo, M. Harman, J. Shea, S. Binion, M. Lentini
Western Jets: C. Rayner 2, J. Dundon 2, L. Fogarty 2, N. Stuhldreier, B. McGregor, T. Xerri, J. Hazik, Z. Butters, B. Khamis
Northern Knights: J. Grace, M. Dreher, N. Coffield, A. Federico, P. Naish, M. Baker
Western Jets: L. Fogarty, C. Rayner, J. Rice, S. Syme, L. Hitch, L. Andrew