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Raiders hold off Roos

By Corowa Free Press

Corowa Rutherglen 5.3.33
def by Wodonga Raiders 12.9.81

Wodonga Raiders were desperate for a win to maintain their hold on fifth spot on the ladder and came out firing with a five goal to nil first quarter against the Roos and the home side never looked back. 

The Roos improved significantly for the remainder of the game and finished strongly by kicking five goals to the Raiders seven after the first break. But the revival wasn’t enough to truly threaten as the Raiders held of the Roos for a seven-goal win.

The Roos were the first to put some polish into the game, which could best be described as a scrappy affair, when Joe Hansen shot truly and set up a couple more. Rohan Davies, Gus Lingham, Andrew Pretto and Jack Schilg were the most effective at ground level while Kade Kuschert shone out with his intercept marking. 

Hayden Filliponi and Dylan Cook were effective in their run-with roles while Cody Kuschert and Jarred Lane competed tirelessly in the ruck.

Jamie Seymour was cheered from the ground after donning the Roos colours for the 200th time in a best-on-ground performance. 

Seymour gives one hundred percent no matter what the situation and is a very popular and well respected member of the club.

There was something of a circus prior to the start when the Roos began their warmup at the southern end of the ground only for the Raiders to claim it as their territory. 

Rohan Davies and fellow team mates stood their ground as the Raiders conceded and retreated to the other end.

The Roos made wholesale changes to their lineup with the inclusion of Andrew Pretto, Dean Druce, Luke Maloney, Dylan Cook and Sam Haigh. 

It was Haigh’s debut game at senior level after consistently good form in the reserves and certainly looked at home at this level. Luke Maloney also made his first appearance for the season. 

But it was disappointing to lose Jack Bates and Brydon Robins through injury and Cameron Dunne due to unavailability. 

The club hopes to see the return of a couple of these players along with Tim Brook and Alex Wallis for their final home game against the Wodonga Bulldogs following a bye on Saturday.

Goals: A. Pretto 2, H. Filliponi, J. Schilg, J. Hansen.
Awards: A. Lingham, H. Filliponi, D. Cook, J. Seymour, R. Davies, K. Kuschert

Reserves

Corowa Rutherglen 3.2.20 def by Wodonga Raiders 17.11.113

The less said about the first quarter the better as the Roos got off to a very sluggish start, but from midway in the second quarter, it was a different story. 

The Roos appeared far more settled and the game turned into a genuine contest. 

Some really impressive play resulted in Beau Schilg’s 50m speared pass to Joel Montgomery who found his brother Scott in the goal square with equally good foot skills. 

Just a couple of minutes later, Joel also scored from close range.

It was pleasing to see Matt Wilson back playing footy again after a lengthy layoff and put in a solid performance on his return. 

Adam Bartlett returned for another cameo appearance and enjoyed the outing. 

Matt Tanner, Sam Severin, Pete Whyte and a number of their team mates all worked hard while Alex Finlayson backed up from last week with another fine display.

The Reserves often provide a moment to remember and on this occasion late in the game, the Roos scrambled the ball forward into their goal square where there were three Roos players to one Raider. But the ball refused to cooperate by bobbling around as one by one the three Roos tried in vain to soccer it through, that is until it found the boot of Pete Whyte who dribbled it through for a major.

Goals: J. Montgomery, P. Whyte, S. Montgomery.
Awards: M. Tanner, P. Whyte, S. Severin, M. Wilson, A. Finlayson

Thirds

Corowa Rutherglen 4.5.29 def by Wodonga Raiders 12.6.78

The Thirds came out firing in the first quarter and took an early lead with goals to Darcy Melksham and Preston Pedron. 

Hayden Weller, Jordan Eyers and Nathan McDonald were leading the way with their attack on the ball, while Thomas Robinson and Pedron worked together well in the ruck. 

With Hayden Weller providing a solid target up forward, the Roos went to the first break full of confidence with just five points separating the teams.

The second quarter saw Will Seymour, Reilly Black and Blake Spencer cutting off many of Raider’s attacks while Brayden McLean ran freely and combined well with Deakin Clancy to goal. 

Bailey Pirnag and Matt Somerville were contesting well and at half time it was anyone’s game.

Despite the continued efforts of Luke Backhouse, Pedron and Melksham, the Roos overall intensity faltered in the third quarter which allowed the Raiders to take a match-winning lead. 

The Roos found some of their first half form in the last quarter but weren’t able to narrow the gap.

Goals: P. Pedron, D. Clancy, W. Seymour, D. Melksham.
Awards: D. Clancy, B. Spencer, L. Backhouse, R. Black, D. Melksham, M. Somerville (Coach’s Award)

Awards’ Sponsors: Corowa Golf Club, Hotel Australia, Newmarket Hotel, Border Natural Therapies, Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate Factory, Soden’s Hotel, Origin Clothing, Doc Yarrum, Urban Graze, Sportspower, The Hub Automotive and the Canteen Committee. Thankyou to these local business’s that bring valuable support to the club.

Roos News

Benny Black takes out this week’s Hub Automotive Volunteer Award for his fantastic work on game day. Benny has been in charge of the electronic scoreboard at home games before taking the duties of waving the flags for the Thirds and Reserves. 

Benny has a natural talent for goal umpiring and should seriously consider taking it up professionally in the years to come. Benny has even gone to the extent of using a head-mounted Gopro to capture a bird’s eye view of incoming play transmitted to his IPad. Go Benny!

Take a look at the Junior Footy Report for exciting results in the U12, U14 and U16 teams that were all involved in the first week of finals last Sunday.

The Roos have a bye next week before their last home game of the season against the Wodonga Bulldogs on 17 August. This will also be the final Golden Roos member’s draw which has jackpotted to $400. 

Members need to present to claim the lucky winner’s prize.

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