Raiders control senior Roos

By Emily Moretto

The Wodonga Raiders took charge of the centre corridor forcing the Corowa Rutherglen senior football team to play wide for most of the day. 


Corowa Rutherglen 6.5.41 v Wodonga Raiders 25.20.170

Goals: H. Filliponi 2, T. Spencer, D. Cook, B. Morris, M. Baker. 

Club Awards: J. Hansen, C. Parker, T. Spencer, J. Schilg.

Sponsor Awards: T. Spencer, J. Schilg, H. Filliponi, J. Tanner, J. Hansen, C. Parker.

With a straight kicking eight goal to three first quarter, the Raiders went on to outscore the Roos in every quarter who were unable to get the running game going they displayed the previous week against the Wangaratta Rovers.

Coming off a satisfying win against Rovers, the Roos entered their contest against the third placed Raiders with a certain degree of confidence of causing an upset. 

The Roos were bolstered by the welcome return of Jamie Seymour but, with the late withdrawals of key defender Jordan Lavis and ruckman Reece Andrews, the lineup was compromised.

Although the Raiders had winners all over the ground, Joe Hansen and Cody Parker continued their good form and were the main instigators in setting up forays into attack. Tyler Spencer put in a courageous performance while Jack Schilg, Jed Griffin and Hayden Filliponi battled hard for the blue and white. James Tanner again showed he has what it takes at senior level and is a player of the future.

The Roos had numerous chances to add to their goal tally in the last quarter, but were unable to convert some relatively easy shots. A disappointing day for the Roos, but as with any developing young list, inconsistency can be expected.

A general bye next week will allow for some sore bodies to recover, except for Jack Schilg who has been selected in the VCFL Under 19 State team to play the VAFA in Ballarat next Sunday. Congratulations Jack and give it your best shot. The Roos’ next game will be at Lavington on Saturday, July 14. 


Corowa Rutherglen 2.1.3 v Raiders 24.14.158

Goals: D. Webb, S. Montgomery
Sponsor Awards: A. Bartlett, J. Montgomery, S. Montgomery, M. O’Brien, C. Kuschert.

Much like the seniors, the Raiders took control early making every post a winner as they took a 12-goal to one lead at the main break. Missing some regular players from last week, the Roos called on Cal Spencer and Jordan Eyers to double up after a tough gig in the Thirds. Great effort fellas.

Despite never being in the race, most players put in a concerted effort for the four quarters. Zac Nicholls, Adam Bartlett and Simon Lavis worked tirelessly between the arcs as they watched the Montgomery brothers put their kicking prowess on display. Beau Damm, Lincoln Ash, Glen Corcoran, Mitch O’Brien and Cade Kuschert provided plenty of support to their teammates all day. 


Corowa Rutherglen 4.7.31 v Raiders 21.7.133

Goals: J. Eyers, T. Baker, M. Tanner, B. Fitzpatrick.
Sponsor Awards: J. Eyers, C. Spencer, T. Baker, M. Tanner, N. Jennings.
Coaches Award: T. Wilson, B. Fitzpatrick, B. Spencer.

Without their main goal scorers for the season to date, toppling the top-five placed Raiders was bound to be a tough gig. The Raiders got off to a three-goal start before Jordan Eyers popped through the Roos’ first late in the first quarter.

The Raiders held a commanding lead at half time and the trend continued in the second half despite the valiant efforts of the Roos depleted squad who managed to match it on the scoreboard for most of the second quarter. 

Taylor Baker, Cal and Blake Spencer, Jordan Eyers and Nick Jennings were all prominent while John Schnelle did a sturdy job in the ruck. A fantastic chase and tackle by Jennings earned him pats on the back from his teammates and applause from onlookers.

Another character building day for the boys who stood up to the test extremely well. We look forward to the return of some key players as the weeks progress and their next win isn’t far away.

Awards’ Sponsors

Just a reminder to support our generous Award’s Sponsors 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 Canteen.

Urban Graze Volunteer Award: Thanks to Greg and Deb Filliponi who are always available to lend a hand. Just one way that Greg helps out, you will often see him serving drinks from behind the bar.

Roos News

The “Family Ties and Auction Night” featuring AFL legends Peter and Paul Hudson was a great evening of family entertainment. Many, many thanks to all the local businesses, players, members and supporters for donating goods and services to raise funds for the club. Special mention to Nicole Griffin on pulling it all together.

There will be a Special Members Meeting at the clubrooms to adopt a revised club constitution at 5.30pm this Thursday, July 5. All eligible financial members are encouraged to attend and cast their vote.

The “Golden Roos Dinner” with guest speaker Boomer Harvey and hosted by Geoff Gieschen is not far away and 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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