It was a fast and furious game for the entire four quarters when the Roos clashed with the Wodonga Bulldogs at Wodonga’s John Flower Oval on Saturday.
Although unable to match it on the scoreboard with the Bulldogs, every player toughed it out from the first bounce to the last, eventually going down by 67 points.
General play was much closer than the score suggested and Coach Terry Burgess would have been satisfied with the effort.
The Roos could count themselves a little unlucky when it came to free kicks and fifty metre penalties costing them dearly early in the game, but the Bulldogs proved more efficient when it came to hitting the scoreboard in the latter part of the game.
They also had to overcome the loss of one of their talented youngsters when he went down with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. The Roos wish him well.
The first quarter was an even tussle with the Bulldogs leading by just eight points.
They then went on to increase the margin to four goals at the main break.
The Roos weren’t out of it by any stretch of the imagination, but early second half goals were vital if they were to reduce the margin and give them a crack at an upset with a strong finish.
But the Bulldogs stood strong to ease away kicking eleven goals to five in the second half despite a defiant Roos outfit.
Jim Lawton and Brent Rose continue to prove to be great assets for the club, again turning in fine performances.
Onballers Hayden Filliponi and Jay O’Donoghue worked tirelessly around the ground while Matt Wilson and Fletcher Stewart gave plenty of drive around the flanks.
Joe Hansen, now proving to be an effective swingman, played mainly deep in defence where he kept his opponent goalless, but was also used further afield to provide some much-needed penetration.
Veteran Kade Kuschert was back in fine form with his defensive pressure acts and intercept marks.
Small forwards Jed Griffin and Sam Harvey were the main goal kickers with two apiece.
Terrific effort by Jed who was best afield with the thirds earlier in the day.
Sam has been a consistent performer this year and his game on Saturday was another example of that.
Score: Corowa-Rutherglen 10.6.66 defeated by Wodonga 20.13.133.
Goals: J. Griffin, S. Harvey (2), N. Kusen, W. Robinson, F. Stewart, H. Ralph, J. O'Donoghue, W. Lawton.
Awards: J. Lawton (Club 1), H. Filliponi (Club 2), J. O’Donoghue (Club 3), J. Hansen (Lazy Sams), M. Wilson (Brunch & Lunch), K. Kuschert (Chocolate Factory).
As a footnote, although the Bulldogs piled on a massive score, the Reserves managed to post their highest score for some time with John Robinson and Rob Black both featuring in the Roos five goals. Great to see John back on the park.
Last Thursday night it was announced that this year’s vote count and presentation night will be held at the clubrooms on Friday evening, September 1.
Put a note in your diary, more details to come.
Volunteers of the week
It’s not often that a club would hand out volunteer awards to members of an opposing club.
But that’s what happened this week when players from Wodonga were presented with Kinross Woolshed Vouchers for helping the Roos with numbers in both the thirds and reserves teams.
Well done to both clubs for embracing the true spirit of country footy.
Wodonga 16.8.104 defeated Corowa-Rutherglen 5.5.35.
Corowa were outsized and beaten to the ball by the Wodonga team.
The team had some costly turnovers but the boys kept trying all game with goals to Josh, Cameron, Mac and two to Mitch.
With two games to go the Roos’ commitment has not been questioned, but it is hard to match up when teams are taller and stronger.
Jed, Jess, Will and John ran all day and other team members contributed when the opportunity was there.
Keep working hard boys to improve your skills and team work.
Awards: Ricky D’s - Jed Griffin; Guy St Store - Jesse O’Donoghue; Sportspower - Will Johnston; Ladies Committee - John Schnelle; Coaches Award to Billy and Mitch.