The 2011/12 Hyundai A-League season kicked off on the weekend with new captain, Jobe Wheelhouse leading the Jets to their first victory of the season...
The 2011/12 Hyundai A-League season kicked off on the weekend with new captain, Jobe Wheelhouse leading the Jets to their first victory of the season against Melbourne Heart, defeating them 3-2. The victory sees the Jets sitting at the top of the A-League leaders board going in to Round 2.
“Overall, the boys did really well; there were a few standouts in my eyes though. I thought Ryan Griffiths played one of the best games I-ve ever seen him play and also Nikolai Topor-Stanley in defence, really played well which made my job a lot easier,” Wheelhouse said.
“At then at the end of the day we came away with the points and that-s always a good reward especially when we played well.”
Wheelhouse, the first born and bred Novocastrian to captain the Newcastle Jets was confident going in to the 2011/12 season having been undefeated all pre-season.
“We got off to a slow start on Saturday which was a little worrying, as we normally fly out of the gates however having the undefeated pre-season under our belts gave us real confidence, especially the younger players,” he added.
After earning captaincy of the Newcastle Jets, Wheelhouse admits there is added pressure but will try and not change the way he plays.
“Before the game I was a little nervous, a few more butterflies than usual. I gave a little pep talk to the boys before the game, it was a really great feeling leading the boys onto the field,” he said.
“I have always been a pretty calm player so I have tried not to let the captaincy change my game. I just run onto the field and do my job. I don-t think my game will be affected just because I-m wearing the armband.
“We have had such great leaders recently. There were a few changes last season; however, I think that has only helped me adapt to the new position. Having the support of Michael and Kasey as well as the support of the entire team is wonderful; it makes my role much easier. Every time we train or play together it-s always a team effort.
“Hopefully the Newcastle Jets can continue their winning streak under my captaincy on Sunday when we take on Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium with all Jets Members and supporters cheering us on from across the ditch.”