Jets set to soar in long-awaited footy return
A Coast Aussie rules club has been “blown away” by early support as players prepare to soar back into the senior ranks after almost a decade absence.
The North Shore Jets will field a senior men’s team for the first time since 2012 this year.
The club, which was formed in 2009, only had a senior men’s side for one season before it fell over.
“It just didn’t pan out so well the first time with player numbers and everything,” club president Peter Bax said.
“But it’s always been a part of the plan to have a senior men’s side.
“There was interest and momentum there the last couple of years and then last year things fell into place so we pushed ahead with it.”
Bax said the men would play in Division 3 with pre-season preparations starting next week on January 27.
He said a squad of 23 showed up for a get together in November, with a list of at least 30 primed to start training.
“We’ve actually been blown away by the support we’ve had from both sponsors, the community and the players,” Bax said.
They’ve even managed to secure the services of Ash Rosenow as coach.
Rosenow was the men’s coach for the Jets for their sole senior mens season in 2012.
“Everything’s fallen into place,” Bax said.
“He’s a really good fit for our club.”
The club currently has U8s, U10s, U12s, U11 and U13 youth girls and senior women and now men.
He was hopeful the addition of a senior men’s squad alongside the senior women would help to bolster junior ranks.
“We’ve always wanted to have a pathway for the little Auskickers to be able to go right through,” Bax said.
“That’s still where we are aiming in the next couple years to have all those age groups filled and kids can play all the way through (to seniors).”