Rising to challenge


Rhys Gwynn-Jones, pictured left against Olympic earlier this season, has been back in training this week.

“The next three games are massive for us” - that’s the verdict of Jets’ coach Royce Brownlie.

In the space of eight days Jets face three sides immediately above and below them on the NPL Qld ladder.

Tomorrow Easts visit Wolter Park (kick-off 5pm) two places and one point below Royce Brownlie's side which is ninth.

On Tuesday we host Capalaba (7.30pm) who are below us in tenth place, but only by the slenderest goal difference. The two sides also met just two weeks ago.

Then on Saturday week Jets make the short trip to Brisbane City (5.30pm), who are currently one point and one place above us. NPL standings below:

“Our last game was not our best performance, we know that. We had a lot of changes which were difficult to cope with,” said Royce.

“You can get a little down after that, but I think one win will give the boys confidence and we can kick on from there.

“I don’t think we are too far away. Against Peninsula Power, it was just in one third of the pitch where we were not as good as we have been.

Jets will be boosted by an extra week’s training for Jackson Courtney-Perkins who returned after missing the trip to Capalaba.

Rhys Gwynn-Jones and leading scorer Matt Heath also trained at the start of this week and could return to action.

“If they (Rhys and Matt) can come back, they will add experience to the squad,” said Royce.

Easts will arrive at Wolter Park tomorrow with some familiar faces. Matt Capelo, a foundation player for Jets alongside Royce Brownlie, is now with the city-based club.

So too Jamie Dimitroff and Delors Tuyishime who were both with Moreton Bay United last season.

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