Jets’ Women, whose performance last week was publicly praised by two rival coaches, will tomorrow face arguably their biggest test so far in the NPLW.
Gold Coast United visit Wolter Park, kick-off 3.30pm, sitting second on the ladder but having lost their 100 per cent record to leaders Lions on Saturday.
It will be a “big challenge” said Jets’ captain Jess Dillon, whose side is in fourth after three successive wins, the latest being 3-0 at Brisbane City last Friday night.
However, the new program for Jets Women and Under 23s, is still in its infancy having been launched only six months ago as a long-term project.
“I think will make us more aware of where we stand in relation to the higher teams and show us how far we have come as a group,” Jess said.
Head Coach David Da Silva said the recent run has shown Jets’ players are “backing our playing style”.
“They are learning their roles and positions and how I think you should play the game – we like to keep possession,” he said.
“I think the run has given players a belief in the way we are trying to play which is playing the Moreton Bay United way.”
Jess Dillon, who is in the heart of the midfield every match, agreed.
“We are definitely getting a lot more comfortable playing the way Dave has been working on with us in training,” she said. “We are definitely growing as a team, week by week.
“On the pitch you can tell all the girls are trying to execute what he wants. It is working sometimes and there are patches when it doesn’t work.
“Our next step, moving forward, is recognising when it is on and when it isn’t and the decision making.”
Jets’ Under 23s face their Gold Coast United counterparts at 1.15pm tomorrow also at Wolter Park, looking to maintain their place in second on the ladder. Gold Coast are seventh.