A-League Women mid-season report card: Newcastle Jets

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As we approach the halfway point of the A-League Women’s season, now is the perfect time to assess how Newcastle Jets are shaping up.

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Semester summary: After a disappointing eighth-place finish last season, the Jets had a lot to prove coming into this season.

Halfway through their campaign, the women in gold are currently sitting in fifth place on the ladder after recording two wins, one draw and a loss from four games.

They got off to a poor start with a 3-1 defeat against Sydney FC, which included a red card to Tiana Jaber, before bouncing back with an impressive 5-1 win over Wellington Phoenix the following week.

Rounds three and four saw a draw and a win before their next two matches were postponed due to Covid.

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Areas of excellence: Talented youth.

Sitting right in the middle of the pack, the Jets have done nothing extraordinary nor been totally abysmal. However, their exciting crop of talented young players is a highlight point.

With plenty of their young guns playing their debut season, it was an especially good start for defender Kirsty Fenton. Fenton scored her first goal in just her second game in the league, opening the scoring for the side before they went on to beat Wellington 5-1.

Other rookies Lucy Johnson and Marie Dolvik Markussen are well and truly making their mark and playing their part for the squad.

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Areas in need of improvement: Consistency.

With two wins, a draw and a loss under their belt, the Jets are yet to find some consistency in their game.

Following a 3-1 loss in round one, the Jets came back to beat Wellington 5-1 in round two – a prime example of missing consistency.

Perhaps you could put their round one loss down to new season jitters as they haven’t lost a game since. However, two wins and a draw don’t scream consistency either.

If the Jets want to make the finals this year, they’ll need to work on getting their game play in order and keep the wins coming.

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Top student: Tara Andrews

After re-signing with the club for the 2021/22 season, Andrews continues to perform at a high standard for her club.

Despite her work ethic, she remains quiet about her success and focuses on her game.

Having played all four games this season, Andrews has scored two goals from four shots making her the leading goalscorer for the club so far.

Andrews puts in the work week in, week out, playing her part for the club without any showiness or need to prove herself.

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Needs improvement: Sunny Franco

Franco hasn’t had quite the impact she would have expected after re-signing with the Jets this season.

After quite a successful campaign last season that included two goals, Franco has yet to make any real impact in the four games she’s played so far.

Despite six shots at goal, Franco has been unable to find the back of the net, with no shots on target.

With her team floating somewhere in the middle of the pack, Franco will have to step up her game in order to help the Jets reach the finals this season.

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Grade: B-

Outlook: It’s been an above average start for the golden girls and with over half the season left still to play, there’s plenty of opportunities for success.

Newcastle sit just two points out of the top four and with two postponed games to play as well as the rest of the season, there’s plenty of time to put themselves into finals contention.

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Grace Clegg
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Communication (News Media and PR) at the University of Newcastle. Coffee addict.

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