Full of confidence: Ingham believes in finals berth

There’s six games to go and every point counts as we continue in our charge towards the finals.

While the team currently sits in ninth and six points away from Sydney in sixth, our side have games in hand of the teams above, 18 points available, and are full of belief.

Last weekend the Jets put the sword to a young Glory team, winning 6-1 at home, and are looking to continue that form when they face off with a high flying Melbourne Victory side on Saturday night.

Victory are currently in third and will be hopeful of cementing their place in the finals, but our Jets believe they’ll be there too and a win this weekend is essential in making that happen according to fullback Dane Ingham.

“We’re very confident,” Ingham said of the Jets’ finals chances.

“The goal is to play finals football this year and everyone is full of confidence.

“I think we saw on the weekend when they [Victory] gave it to City that they put in a good performance. They’re going to be well structured and very disciplined, but we’ll prepare as if it’s any other game.

“We’re going to go out and give it to everyone, regardless of who the opponent is. We’re going to play our football.”

The team were able to enjoy a full week of preparation ahead of their clash with Perth following back-to-back interstate trips within days of another.

Having used that week to freshen up, Ingham believed the time off made a world of difference and they’re now ready to make our charge into the top six.

“With a win like that, you can’t really take anything but confidence from it,” he said of our win over Perth.

“I think it [ the week preparation] makes a big difference. This whole season has kind of been jam packed at stages. But everyone has been through a tough period.

“We know Victory have been through a tough period, so we’re going to go full throttle and see if they can keep up.

“Looking forward, everyone here is confident we’ll keep pushing.”

It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for our side as they’ve encountered one of the more difficult schedules due to COVID postponements.

Regardless though, Ingham says “there’s no excuses” and that he and the team are focused on finding their best form as the season enters the pointy end.

“It’s been an interesting season,” he said. “It’s been hard to gain momentum.

“I think attacking-wise, I want to get more involved in creating assists and goals. [But] defensively, we’ve shored things up a lot.

“I think that, not just myself, but everyone in the team are finding their best form which is always the best when you’re pushing for a finals spot.”