Jets ready for "big local derby"


Jets' leading scorer Scott Stewart who was on target again last weekend with his fifth goal in 11 games.

Massive match for both sides, says Adam Piddick 


TECHNICAL director Adam Piddick has described this week’s derby clash against Brisbane City as a “massive game for both clubs”.


Two points and one place separate the sides in the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland ahead of Saturday’s blockbuster at Wolter Park, kick-off 6pm.


City are fifth with 20 points, Jets sixth on 18 and both within striking distance of second placed Brisbane Strikers on 21 points and leaders FNQ Heat with 25.


“It’s a big local derby,” said Piddick, “and a massive game for both clubs considering where we are on the table. We’ll have to be ready for City on Saturday. They are a good side which has taken time to gel.”


Saturday also marks the start of the second half of this season’s fixtures – when Jets have eight of their 11 games at Wolter Park - and the chance to reflect on mixed start.


“I’d probably give us a six out of 10 (for the first half of the season),” said Piddick, “that’s because I don’t believe we have really hit our straps yet.


“We’ve been inconsistent, we’ve done alright footballing wise, but in the final third (of the pitch) we’ve been a bit inconsistent and that shows where we are in the table.


Royce Brownlie who was on the mark in Jets' first match of the season at Brisbane City.


“We’ve had 10 new players in this squad from last year and there are times when you can see we are gelling and other times when we’re not quite sure what each others’ doing. It will take time and the boys are working hard to make it better.


“I think the home run is a real positive for us. The boys love playing here at Wolter Park. The crowd gets behind us, a nice field and the spectators are close which is good.


"But at the end of the day we still have to go out and play the type of football that we know we can play and train for. We haven’t been at our best and we’re only three points off second so if we can get somewhere near our best we’ll hopefully be in with a shout.”


Of Jets’ rivals Piddick said: “I think the best footballing side at the moment is Strikers. They’re playing good stuff and they have some good footballers.


“There’s a different dynamic up at Far North Queensland, they’re more counter attacking, sit in and get you on the counter which is challenging for players and coaches because it’s not all the same style.


“It’s good to see other teams making the comp more difficult and makes you think more as a player and coach.”