The under 12 Rochester football team took on Tongala on the weekend and it was the Blues who started well with a slight breeze and good team play.
That was before a Nate Rasmussen pass forward sparked Rochy into action.
Noah Sullivan worked overtime and got great service from his on ballers in Hunter Wileman and Rasmussen.
Toby Woodfine and Jack Seabrook worked overtime to keep pushing the ball forward.
The second quarter started well for Rochy with a good pass forward by Harrison Keating and then another by Nate Rasmussen but the forwards could only sneak a point in the slippery conditions.
The boys preserved and a piece of Harrison Foster brilliance led to a snap goal to score their first major.
Tongala were still working hard too and it was up to a tight defence led by Jai Milligan, Noah Sullivan and Oliver Williams to repel their attack.
As a result of their work Trey White scored another goal on the back of some smart roving.
Jack Seabrook was relishing the conditions as was Wileman as they ensured the ball kept going deep forward until the siren sounded.
The Tigers came out strongly in the third with Ethan Howard, Jordy Rasmussen and Matt Harrington taking the advice of the coach and winning their own ball and finding a team mate with skill.
Wileman, Sullivan and Seabrook battled hard against a committed Tongala and in a low scoring affair played some good footy of their own.
The last quarter started with a see-sawing battle between the sides before a Woodfine goal from the pocket broke the deadlock.
Shortly after Brock Keenan almost pulled off another with some good play.
Harrison Foster kept working hard for another goal whilst Brodie Moon, Jordan Bruton and Charlie Peacock kept working hard to win the ball at ground level in the slippery conditions.
A great effort across the ground by the Rochy Tigers.
Awards: Harrison Foster, Jordan Bruton, Jai Milligan, Harrison Keating.
U14s — Kyabram 5.16 (46) def. Rochester 3.2 (20)
It was absolutely freezing, as we travelled to Kyabram on Sunday.
Under the control of assistant coach Dirty, the boys kept the home team to 11 points, yes, 11 points for the half as we only managed the one.
Some great defence work down back by Elijah Foley and tackling pressure by Locky Giffin in the centre, led to Kyabram’s poor kicking.
KY’s first goal came just after half time and was soon followed by another three.
Our first goal came mid-way through the third term when Darby “the gingerbread man” nailed one.
The final term saw us with a lot more of the ball and kick another two goals to Kyabram’s one.
Goals: Darby Wileman 1, Nate Rassmussen 1, Charlie Palmer 1
Bests Johnathon Lairdwaters, Charlie Palmer, Lachlan Giffin, Darby Wileman and Max Ward.
U16s — Rochester 13.12 (90) def. Echuca 6.5 (41)
There was no better way to preview the under 16s joining the big guns of the Goulburn Valley Football League, in 2019, than taking on the arch enemy Echuca Bombers on the big stage at Moon Oval as the curtain raiser to the seniors, reserves and thirds.
We sometimes forget that Aussie Rules is a winter sport, but Saturday left us in no doubt.
Freezing cold, heavy fog and rain greeted the under 16s and supporters.
The home side started well with the Tigers kicking the opening goals of the term through Adam McPhee on the run, followed by a great snap across the body by Grant Fuller.
Rochester’s boys seemed to take their foot of the throttle and let Echuca close out the quarter with three goals for a six point lead at the first break.
From the start of the second term Echuca had the opening goal but this seemed to fire up the young Tigers.
The backline started to assert themselves on the game with Harry Ward, Bow Toohill, Matt Blow and Waugh George getting well on top of their opponents.
Scrappy play saw the ball pushed forward for the home side where Angus Martin snapped the Tigers first for the term.
Straight out of the centre from the restart Nathan Kay drilled a piercing pass to Blake Evans who marked strongly overhead in the wet conditions and kicked truly.
Back to back goals to Evans saw the Tigers take the lead.
A late goal to McPhee saw the Tigers out to a thirteen point lead at half time.
After the long break the home side started well, a long kick to the hot spot right in front of goal saw the ball come off the hands of the pack to the advantage of Jack Cairns, who soccered the opening goal off the ground.
True wet weather football.
Two goals to McPhee were separated by a goal to the visitors.
Undisciplined play by the Tigers saw two 50 metre penalties paid to Echuca in a matter of minutes which resulted in a goal to the visitors.
The Tigers closed out the quarter from a free kick in the forward pocket that saw Evans kick his third goal from a tight angle.
The final term was all Rochester.
Jarrad Kyne, who had been dominant in the ruck tapped the ball to McPhee who broke a tackle and touched the ball to the ground before kicking long and straight for his fifth major for the day.
The conditions were made for Spencer Cleary, brilliant skills at ground level and pace had seen him raking up the possessions, and when he centred the ball directly in front of goal Fuller took the mark and kicked his second.
When McPhee snapped his sixth goal for the day the sting had well and truly gone out of the game with the Tigers running out winners by over eight goals.
Goals: A.McPhee 5, B.Evans 3, G.Fuller 2, A.Martin 1, J.Cairns 1
Bests: A.Martin, A.McPhee, N.Kay, H.Ward, B.Toohill, S.Cleary