Pre-Season Over For Jets
It’s time for the season to really kick off now, but first, let’s have a look at our preparation.
First we had the usual intra-squad friendly with the Newcastle Jets Youth
. We got off to a perfect start when Joel Griffiths scored just 2 minutes in. He scored his second just after HT and Adam Taggart made it 3-0 with 22 minutes left. It was a good way to see who was going to be useful for me.
Our next fixture really showed me the capabilities of the beast Emile Heskey, as he completely dominated the match against Manly United
. He booted 3 goals, assisted 1 directly and set up another as we annihilated them 5-0.
I took the match against Sydney United
to play some youngsters, and one guy who really stuck out was 16 year old AMC Tom Waller who kicked a goal and teamed up with Heskey superbly, who also kicked one. It was a solid 2-0 win which I like to see.
I played even more youngsters in our next game, against the Weston Workers
. After a goalless first half, our breakthrough came from the most unlikely of sources, with centre back Nick Cowburn (finishing 2!) toepoked a David Carney corner 51 minutes in. We were amazing defensively as the Workers failed to register a single shot. However, bad news came as Emile Heskey picked up a knock and will miss 3-4 weeks!
In our final pre-season match, I made the mistake of resting even more players and probably my worst mistake was playing 16 year old Adam Pearce in goals. We struggled against a very decent side in Sydney Olympic
, and some of our misses were disgraceful. I desperately need Heskey to return, and I hope the loss doesn’t affect our A-League performances. A disappointing 3-0 defeat.
Steven Hesketh (Sydney Olympic)
We had a very quiet window, and I opted not to bring anyone to the club as I felt we had a good enough squad and not enough wage budget open. 2 major incidents happened over pre-season though.
This one kind of amused me, seeing as everyone says Heskey is crap. When it says negotiate, it was me being a bit silly. I think wanting 1M shut them up.
This time I wasn’t laughing. In fact, I saw it was a way to make some money. I managed to renegotiate the fee to 600K, and my first and only bit of transfer business.
That’s right. Its time. For Heskey to be injured. Hopefully we can recover and play well without him. Here’s our upcoming games. Next up will be the October review!