After an improved performance against Lavington last week, it was going to be interesting to see how the Roos would stack up against league heavyweights Albury who would still be smarting from the shock loss to Wodonga Bulldogs last week.
A lot would depend on the Roos’ ability to improve on centre clearances, rebounding from defence and making the most of opportunities up forward.
Unfortunately the Roos had four late changes to their selected side that would prove to be difficult to overcome.
On the brighter side, it provided an opportunity for youngster Harley Ralph to make his senior debut.
Things got off to a very ordinary start with the Tigers banging on six goals in the opening ten minutes with the Roos unable to match their work rate as they marched to a 65 point lead at the first break. Despite the ferocious tackling of Brandon Rigney, tireless efforts of Brent Rose and courageous efforts of Sam Harvey, Matt Wilson and Kane Mills, the Tigers continued the onslaught up to the half time break.
Jack Bates, Will and John Robinson held their own in the tall man brigade, but a lack of clearances and slow ball movement by the Roos were a major concern.
As if someone had flicked a switch, the Roos looked a different outfit in the first fifteen minutes of the second half.
Two goals apiece to Jay O’Donoghue, Will Robison and Brandon Rigney sent the large Easter crowd into a frenzy as they delighted in the best stanza of footy this young outfit has produced for a couple of years.
However momentum was lost when another great looking snap from forty by Will Robinson unfortunately hit the post and the Tigers rebounded for goal.
This stung Albury back into their dominant best as they relentlessly repeated their first-half dominance for the remainder of the game.
The Roos should take confidence from their six-goal third quarter as they turn their focus to their away clash against Wang Rovers next week.
Corowa Rutherglen 7.3.45 def by Albury 40.14.254.
Goals: J O’Donoghue - 2, W Robinson - 2, B Rigney - 2, H Filliponi – 1.
Awards: W Robinson (Club 1/Corowa Golf Club), J Robinson (Club 2), J O’Donoghue (Club 3), J Bates (Lazy Sams) B Rigney (Brunch and Lunch), H Filliponi (Chocolate Factory).
Kinross Volunteer Award: Nicol Griffin and Family.
The thirds displayed some exciting football in the first half to be only 13 pts down at half time, with Jed Griffin and Mac McFarland and with Will Chandler 4 first half goals, all firing.
After half time Albury proved too strong running away with a 59 point victory.
Defenders Dan Murphy, Jesse O’Donoghue tried to stop the onslaught with some of the Easter recruits J Booth and B Habberman giving their all.
Thanks to all of the permit players for helping out as well as the under 16’s.
Corowa Rutherglen 7-6-48 def by Albury 16-11-107.
Goals: W Chandler 4, J Booth 2, M Cooper 1.
Awards: Ricky D’s - D Murphy, Guy Street Store - B Habberman, Sportspower - M McFarland, Ladies Committee - J Griffin, Coaches Award (1) - J Booth, Coaches Award (2) - J O’Donoghue.