Canberra camp pleases van Egmond

Gary van Egmond believes the Jets 9-1 win over the Canberra Rockets the perfect way to finish their pre-season camp.

Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets head coach Gary van Egmond believes the Jets 9-1 win over the Canberra Rockets on Wednesday night was the perfect way to finish their four-day pre-season camp in the nation-s capital.

The Jets were clinical in front of goal and found the back of the net six times in a second-half blitz that guaranteed the comprehensive win.

“Overall it was a good team performance,” van Egmond said.

“I-m really happy that we got through the game unscathed and we scored some goals which gives everyone confidence.

“We-re look forward to heading back to Newcastle and training for our next game.”

Van Egmond said it was pleasing to see his players perform at such a high level after a testing week on the training paddock.

“Training this week has been a lot more game orientated,” he explained.

“We trained very hard on Monday and Tuesday and we wanted them to still be able to carry out the instructions under fatigue.

“To the credit of the boys, they-ve been fantastic in terms of attitude and the performance tonight.”

Van Egmond said the Jets had managed to get exactly what they were after out of their time in Canberra.

“From our point of view, it wasn-t just about the game,” he said.

“It was about utilising the great facilities that you have at the Australian Institute of Sport.

“It was about the players living with each other and getting used to each other not just on the on the park, but off the park as well.

“To have the game at the end of the week was a really good way to finish this little tour and it was a really pleasing performance tonight.”

Van Egmond said the manner in which the members of the Jets playing squad are pushing each other would prove to be very beneficial to the overall performance of the team.

“We-ve got some good competition for places and competition breeds success,” he said.

“We-ve got four boys overseas with the Australian under 20-s and three more out injured, so from a coaching perspective I-m happy with where we sit right at this moment.”