There were scenes of jubilation when the Corowa Rutherglen Roos defeated Wangaratta Rovers by an impressive forty-six points in their season opener away game on Easter Saturday.
The new look Roos welcomed the return of Jamie Seymour, Tyson Logie, Dean Druce, Dylan Cook and Luke Maloney. The football department also worked tirelessly over the pre-season to secure quality recruits in Cody Parker, Brendon Morris, Angus Lingham, Shaun Huy, James Atkinson and Rhys Andrews.
Congratulations also has to go to talented youngster Jordan Eyers on making his senior debut.
Under the guidance of new coach Marc Almond and his team, the Roos looked in control from the very first bounce, scoring the first three goals of the game and held a four-goal lead at half time.
The backline, led by evergreens Seymour and Kuschert and ably supported by Lingham, Druce and Jordan Lavis looked well-structured and composed.
With good decision making and ball use, they combined extremely well to keep the Rovers from getting easy shots at goal, regularly forcing them to shoot from long and wide.
Midfielders Logie, Huy, Parker, Hayden Filliponi and Joe Hansen put on a dominant display and hurt the opposition on the scoreboard. Morris worked tirelessly up forward with three goals while small forwards Jed Griffin and Eyers looked dangerous all day.
But it was the whole team performance that was most noticeable. Every player was prepared to put their body on the line, tackle hard, back up their teammates and take the game on with daring footy that we haven’t seen since their narrow loss to Wang Magpies early last season.
The Rovers threw everything they could at the Roos in the third quarter, but a blistering six-goal final term by the Roos blew the opposition away, testament to all those hard hours on the track over a long pre-season.
It must have been a difficult task in deciding award winners with so many players putting in strong performances.
Marc Almond heaped praise on the playing group at the post-match gathering in front of a large contingent of loyal supporters.
The sour note of the day was the loss of highly talented Tyler Spencer to a hand injury early in the game. We wish Tyler, who has had a woeful run with injuries, a speedy recovery.
Next Saturday, the Roos take on Myrtleford in our first home game of the season. We look forward to a strong following in what is now expected to be a great contest.
It’s inevitable that we are always going to lose talented young players that head elsewhere for university studies or to play footy at a higher level.
We wish Jay O’Donoghue, Sam Harvey, Matt Wilson, Will Robinson, Jy Lane and Fletcher Stewart all the best in their endeavours and it was great to see most of them at the game on Saturday to cheer on their former teammates.
Final Scores: Corowa Rutherglen 14.6.90 v Wangaratta Rovers 5.14.44
Goals: C. Parker 3, B. Morris 3, J. Hansen 3, H. Filliponi 2, K. Kuschert, J. Griffin, J. Seymour
Club Awards: T. Logie, C. Parker, G. Lingham, J. Seymour
Sponsor Awards: J. Hansen, K. Kuschert, T. Logie, H. Filliponi, S. Huy, J. Schilg
Despite off-season speculation that the club would struggle to field a reserves team this season, a competitive outfit hit the field, scoring over forty points for the first time in a long time.
Their final score could have been significantly higher if not for numerous forward forays going unrewarded, particularly in the second quarter. The final scores may indicate complete dominance by the Rovers, but that was not the case in general play.
The team battled manfully for the entire four quarters with a dominant display by big man Peter Hancock. It was great to see Adam Bartlett, Simon Lavis and Brock Kusen back in the blue and white stripes.
We also wish Blake Spencer well in his
recovery from a shoulder injury. Not a great day for the Spencer family.
Although numbers were good for round one, we are still calling on players that may be undecided, to get to John Ford Oval during the week and have a run. We need your help to continue to grow as a club.
Final Scores: Corowa Rutherglen 5.11.41 v Wangaratta Rovers 19.14.128
Goals: J. Montgomery, A. Bartlett, B. Spencer, N. Kusen, S. Montgomery
Sponsor Awards: P. Hancock, S. Montgomery, S. Lavis, A. Bartlett, Z. Nicholls
The U18s started well getting the first two goals of the game and were looking good until the Rovers switched on and finished the quarter the better of the two teams.
The Rovers hit their straps with slick ball movement in the second quarter hitting the scoreboard with eight goals to the Roos one. With the second half about to start the boys were just asked to compete and that’s what they did.
But with the hot weather, and the Roos a little underdone, the Rovers ran away with the game. But the boys didn’t stop fighting all day and there were many positives to take out of the encounter.
Final Scores: Corowa Rutherglen 5.6.36 v Wangaratta Rovers 20.16.136
Goals: K. Bradtke 3, T. Baker, J. Tanner
Sponsor Awards: T. Baker, J. Tanner, M. Tanner, B. Spencer, M. Lavis
Coaches Award: G. Sandral
A big thankyou to all of our loyal Award’s 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 on an ongoing basis.
There’s been a lot happening at the Club during the off-season with the installation of AFL standard goal posts by Geoff Kemp (Wahgunyah Machinery & Welding) and Brendon Carmody (BDC Engineering).
Thanks to Scott Wilson and John O’Donoghue, the players change rooms have been repainted and player’s meeting room installed. A large screen digital scoreboard and timeclock has been ordered and is due to be operational by the third home game of the season.
And on the social scene, coming events to include a father/son night with Hawthorn legend Peter Hudson and son Paul Hudson. Golden Roo dinner with Boomer Harvey, with discounted extra tickets available to Golden Roos members. More details to come.