De Vanna shines for Jets


The Matilda’s striker is new to the Jets and has certainly made herself at home, scoring two deciding goals over the weekend.

In just her second game for the Newcastle Jets W-League, Lisa De Vanna has led the Jets to a come-from-behind victory against Brisbane Roar. The Matilda-s striker is new to the red and blue strip and has certainly made herself at home, scoring two deciding goals over the weekend.

“I really wanted to play well because we were up against my old club and I think we did that. We had great mentality and were very impressive overall,” De Vanna said.

“I think it was a great team effort and everyone stepped up. I felt that Ariane (Hingst) really played well at the back, much more controlled than her previous match and also helped out in the midfield which was good.

“At the end of the day I felt that we just out-played Roar and were the better team.”

Approaching the business end of the match, De Vanna capitalised on a one-on-one showdown with Roar goalkeeper, Casey Dumount. As they met head on for the ball, De Vanna was hungry for a second goal and Dumont was issued a red card and was sent off. De Vanna then converted leveling the score to 2-all.

De Vanna scored again moments later when Roar were penalised for a handball to give the Jets a 3-2 victory.

“Obviously approaching both penalties we were under the pump and the pressure was on to get the ball in the back of the net,” De Vanna added.

“Brisbane is a very defensive team so we capitalised on the opportunity and it payed off.

“I-m not really a penalty taker but after the 50/50 challenge against Casey I was positive stepping up to the ball.”

Sitting comfortably in second position on the leader board the Newcastle Jets are determined to be a fierce contender for the 2011/12 trophy.

Having secured the talent of Matilda-s De Vanna, Melissa Barbieri and Emily van Egmond, as well as German international Ariane Hingst the Newcastle Jets are sure to trouble their opposition.

“There are a lot of teams this year that look good on paper and I believe it comes down to who is the best team on the day,” De Vanna said.

“Every game is going to be a battle we just have to be ready for it. Experience is a great advantage in this league but most teams this year have already secured that, I think our youth and enthusiasm will be what sets us above the rest.

“If we can maintain our momentum and build on our strengths I-m sure we will be a strong force in this year’s competition.”

The Newcastle Jets host rivals Sydney FC this Sunday at Adamstown Oval from 3pm for Round 4 of the Westfield W-League.

A reminder Jets ticketed members receive free entry to the game however they should note, parking is expected to be limited near the ground.