Signs were positive as the Roos took the early ascendancy against Myrtleford in the mountain mizzle.
Corowa Rutherglen 5.4.34 def by Myrtleford 11.9.75
Goals: H. Filliponi, M. Wilson, K. Bradtke, J. Griffin, J. Hansen.
Club Awards: K. Kuschert, J. Griffin, J. Tanner, M. Wilson.
Sponsor Awards: J. Tanner, J. Lavis, A, Lingham, B. Morris, M. Tanner, H. Filliponi.
With the first two goals of the game, through Matt Wilson and Hayden Filliponi, the Roos’ mosquito fleet were playing smart wet weather footy, driving the ball forward with whatever means got the job done.
It was a hot footy on a cold day and goals were going to be a premium before the ball became waterlogged and it wasn’t before a fortuitous kick from mid-air out at a boundary throw in that the Saints posted their first major.
But the Roos hit back with their third through Kaelen Bradtke to regain their two-goal lead.
A late charge by the Saints snared them two goals and a two-point lead just moments before the first siren.
The Roos regained the lead early in the second quarter thanks to a great tackle by Jed Griffin who kicked accurately from long range.
The weather dried up and the Saints’ talls took control in the air, effectively switching play from half-back and setting up scoring opportunities. The Saints led by 10 points at half time and from there on never surrendered the lead.
The Roos squandered a number of opportunities in the third quarter while the Saints, with cleaner use of the ball, took full advantage of theirs and netted three goals for the term.
The Roos were outpointed at the clearances for most of the day, relying on rebound footy to set up chances to score. But in difficult conditions, maintaining possession in a real slog was always going to be a challenge with younger and less mature bodies than their opponents.
Joe Hansen was moved to full forward in the final stanza and gave the Roos a glimmer of hope when he took two contested marks in the first few minutes, goaling from one and just missing with the other. But that was it for the Roos as the Saints took control for the remainder of the game running out six-goal victors.
The Roos welcomed two more debutants in James and Matt Tanner bringing the total number of Thirds players in the team on the day to five. Both were impressive in their first hit out at senior level earning themselves well deserved awards.
Kade Kuschert, Gus Lingham and Jordan Lavis continued their good form in the backline. Matt Wilson put in his best performance at senior level also reaping praise from the coaching group. Hayden Filliponi and Brendon Morris put their bodies on the line time and time again.
The Roos return to John Foord Oval on Saturday, June 23 in their bid to topple Wangaratta Rovers for the second time this season.
Corowa Rutherglen 5.5.35 def by Myrtleford 5.23.53
Goals: Z. Nichols 2, J. Montgomery, M. McFarland, A. Bartlett. Sponsor Awards: C. Kuschert, A. Bartlett, J. Murphy, M. McFarland, J. Robinson.
It was also a real slugfest in slippery conditions with the ball rebounding from one end to the other with little happening in the scoring department early in the game.
Then as the game opened up, goals started to flow. In a very even contest, the Saints led three goals to two at the first break.
The Roos were the first to open their account in the second with a long shot by Nick Clifton after which the Saints started to dominate the inside 50s only to put on 11 behinds for the quarter to lead by 12 points at half time.
Although the Roos battled manfully for the remainder of the game, inaccuracy by the Saints did help keep them in the game.
All the same, when Adam Bartlett goaled close to three-quarter time, the deficit was reduced to just seven points and the Roos were still in it. A couple of goals right at the death handed the Saints an 18-point victory.
The cool head and strong marking in defence, coupled with his customary run along the wing, earned Cody Kuschert a best-on-ground performance. In just his second game on return from long-term injury, Cody has launched a strong case for a senior berth.
Zach Nicholls topped the scoring with two goals while Bartlett and youngster Mac McFarland were impressive. John Robinson did a great job in the ruck while Joel Murphy, in a cameo return to the Roos, got plenty of the ball in defence and used it to great effect. With no interchange, it was a brave performance by the Roos outfit on a day best suited to rugging up in front of the fire.
It was a bye for the Thirds giving them a week’s rest before they take on the ladder leaders next week.
A big thankyou to all of our loyal Awards’ Sponsors including Urban Graze, The Hub Automotive, Newmarket Hotel, Corowa Golf Club, Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate Factory, Border Natural Therapies, Hotel Australia, Origin Clothing, Doc Yarrum, Guy Street Store, Sportspower and the club’s very own Ladies Committee. Please support our canteen on game day and these local businesses when you shop.
The “Family Ties and Auction Night” featuring AFL legends Peter and Paul Hudson is less than two weeks away and will be held at the clubrooms on Saturday June 30.
The evening kicks off at 5.30pm immediately following our home game against the Wodonga Raiders. Entry is free with $8 meals and affordable refreshments available. Memorabilia and a wide range of great local goods and services will be up for auction or won as raffle prizes.
The “Golden Roos Dinner” with guest speaker Boomer Harvey and hosted by Geoff Gieschen, will be held at the clubrooms on Wednesday evening, July 18. Extra tickets for non-Golden Roo members are still available from the club.
Don’t miss our super “Kanga Cash Draw” being held at the clubrooms on Sunday, July 22. A $50 ticket gives you the chance to share in $7,000 cash with free drinks and finger food from 12 noon to 4pm. Tickets are now on sale and available through players, board members or at the club.
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