The Jets may have breezed to a 12-0 win over Mid North Coast but head coach Craig Deans still thinks there is room for improvement before the 2018-19 season gets underway.
The Jets headed to Taree for a pre-season trial against a Mid North Coast select side and wasted no time showing their class as they raced to an early six goal lead. By halftime, they had reached the dozen and head coach Craig Deans used the second half as an opportunity to manage the fitness levels of his players and rewarded his academy players by withdrawing the entire starting XI just after the hour mark.
Emily Van Egmond helped herself to a hat-trick, whilst Cortnee Vine, Tara Andrews, Katie Stengel and new recruit Taylor Smith all bagged doubles for the W-League outfit. Jenna Kingsley also got her name on the scoresheet as the Jets showcased the brand of attacking football which brought them so much success last season.
Speaking to Port Macquarie News after the match, Deans was happy with the hit-out but felt his side still had some work to do before the season proper.
"It’s the first time we’ve had everybody together for a game so far this pre-season so it was important we started working on our combinations within the game and some fitness as well," he said.
"In general we need to do a bit of work on our execution in front of goal and our movement off the ball in the front third. I would have liked to have seen them be a bit more clinical in front of goal.
"But we’re one step ahead of where we were last year; we didn’t have enough players to play a pre-season game last year."
The Jets get their season underway on November 1 when they take on Melbourne Victory at the Lakeside Stadium.