Corowa-Rutherglen is sitting on top of the O&M ladder with a healthy percentage at the completion of round two after defeating Myrtleford at the weekend.
The Roos’ two wins have come in emphatic style with a game plan that works and is well executed by a disciplined group that is playing with belief.
It was a fitting reward for Hayden “Lefty” Filliponi celebrating his 100th senior game with the club.
There were three changes from last week’s winning side with the unlucky Pete Whyte, Harley Ralph and Jordan Eyers making way for the much admired Lachie McLarty, Jimmy Hanrahan and debutant Callum Spencer.
This only demonstrates the growing depth of the playing list.
Cal put in a solid performance and was especially noticeable with his pressure acts.
The Saints jumped the Roos by kicking the first two goals of the game.
But that changed quickly when the Roos hit their straps to pile on the next five before quarter time.
The midfield got on top and continually bombarded the forward line where Cody Parker booted four the quarter and five for the game.
His display was brimming with composure, class and sheer hard work.
The Roos were never in danger as they went on to win by a comfortable margin of thirty points, which could have been significantly higher if not for poor kicking at goal in the second half.
It’s a difficult task to name best players when you’re losing games by big margins, but it’s even more difficult when you have so many contributors in a hard-working side that performs well all over the ground.
But let’s have a try anyway!
The backline once again starved the opposition of easy goals with Gus Ingham and Jack Schilg, working both ends of the ground, had outstanding games.
Jordan Lavis, Dean Druce, Jamie Seymour and Kade Kuschert teamed together like clockwork in defence, hitting up long targets repeatedly.
Midfielders Tyson Logie, Dylan Cook and Shaun Huy worked the ground like a pack of wolves all day while Hanrahan, in his first game for the year, was in everything.
Luke Maloney crept forward on several occasions making a pest of himself near goal.
The tremendous forward line pressure applied by Lachie McLarty, Brendon Morris and Jed Griffin, in the air and on the ground, continued to provide repeat scoring opportunities for the home team.
The work rate and influence of unsung big men Rhys Andrews and James Atkinson cannot be ignored.
The confidence they have brought to the smaller brigade has made a huge difference to the team’s performances so far this year.
When the Saints clogged up the play with defensive tactics in the second and third quarters, the Roos occasionally fell back into a negative style of play by chipping the ball backwards and sideways.
But when they got back to playing a more attacking style they looked far more threatening.
We look forward to a strong following next Saturday when we take on Wodonga Raiders away.
Footy starts with U18s at 10am and Netball U16s at 9.30am. See you there.
Final Scores: Corowa-Rutherglen 11.16.82 v Myrtleford 7.10.52.
Goals: C. Parker 5, T. Logie 2, B. Morris, L. McLarty, J. Hanrahan, J. Griffin
Club Awards: D. Cook, C. Parker, B. Morris, H. Filliponi, T. Logie, J. Schilg, D. Druce
Sponsor Awards: H. Filliponi, L. Maloney, T. Spencer, J. Seymour, S. Huy, A. Lingham
You can sense a real feel of comradery with the Reserves this year and despite losing a hard fought game, the banter around the rooms was upbeat.
Players are enjoying their footy and it shows.
The hard-running Saints jumped the Roos with three quick goals early in the game before the Roos settled to trail four goals to two at the first break.
Myrtleford eventually went on to win by forty-two points thanks to their dominant tall up forward, but general play was very even for most of the match.
John Conroy was outstanding across half back with his clever reading of the play and effective ball use.
Tycarl Cole worked like a Trojan for four quarters and his effort in the second quarter to kick the ball into space while under pressure, then chase it down forty metres away, lay a tackle on his opponent, and earn a free kick was simply inspiring.
The other play of the day was Adam Bartlett’s sixty-five metre torpedo (or so his dad reckons) for goal.
Bardy, with his elusive smarts, was busy all day.
But probably the biggest celebration of all was reserved for perennial backman Pete Whyte when he snagged a major.
Jordan Eyers, Nash Kusen, Matt Wilson, Zac Nicholls, Harley Ralph and Mac McFarland were hungry for the four quarters and impressed with their ball use.
Simon Lavis, Lincoln Ash and Beau Damn all got plenty of possessions and deserve a pat on the back.
Great to see you out there Matt and well done Mac with your first experience at open-age level.
It was a really entertaining game to watch and it’s great to see several Reserves players in really good form and keep pressure on the seniors to maintain their spot.
Final Scores: Corowa Rutherglen 6.2.38 v Myrtleford 12.8.80.
Goals: M. McFarland 2, J. Montgomery, A. Bartlett, B. Damm, P. Whyte
Sponsor Awards: J. Conroy, M. McFarland, N. Baker, T. Cole, M. Wilson
Sadly for the competition as a whole, Myrtleford are unable to field a Thirds team this season. The boys enjoyed a break on Saturday.
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.
A post-match “Olympics” Night drew a great crowd for fun and games to mark the first home games celebrations.
It’s time now to book your tickets for the Annual Black Tie Ball (Masquerade) to be held at the Corowa Golf Club, 6.30pm Saturday, May 5.
Live music by the popular “Toucan Rock”. $60 adults, $45 U18s.
Tickets available from Origin Clothing or online.
Other coming events include the father/son night with Hawthorn legend Peter Hudson and son Paul Hudson.
Golden Roo dinner with Boomer Harvey, with discounted extra tickets at $100 available to Golden Roos members that pay their membership before April 30.
In order to continually grow as a club the board is always seeking feedback and ideas from members and supporters.
This year’s board consists of: Graham Hosier (President), Ron Robinson (Vice President), Rowena Black (Secretary), David Kiefel (Treasurer), Nicole Griffin, Craig Spencer, Beau Longmire, Chris Hansen and Darrell Spencer.
Roos 54 defeated Myrtleford 40.
Our first win on the board – the girls demonstrated just how much diversity this team has.
Settled from the first whistle and the girls stepped up from last week and played a fluent controlled game and the support from off the court was impressive.
Sullivans Hair & Beauty & Club 1 – Simone Hanrahan – First game back at the club and what a wonderful display of athleticism, fancy footwork and persistent determination.
Kept the ball turning in her favour.
Club 2 – Brooke Bice – Running a hard game in centre against an athletic opposition Brooke remained controlled and led the mid court with maturity.
Doc Yarrum – Ella Kingston – Bouncing back from last week Ella reminded everyone that she is the smiling assassin. Great drives and precision passing – any WD’s nightmare.
Ladies Committee – Claire Wilson – Backed up with another strong week Claire dominates in the ring shooting goals with ease.
Greg Leahy Award – Brooke Bice – Brooke has been super committed to trainings and has shown positivity and leadership.
Roos 41 defeated by Myrtleford 54.
The score does not reflect how much control and ball the girls had.
Plenty of possession – we just didn’t finish it off and to Myrtleford’s credit they utilised this to take the win.
Sullivans Hair & Beauty – Jess King – 18 today – Jess was out to shine.
Great footwork in the ring and vision to all players.
Club 1 – Grace Kingston – A great pick up for the club.
Grace has exemplary timing and is such a positive team member with her poise in attack.
Club 2 – Kiara McLean – Another outstanding game, Kiara showed her versatility swinging between the mid court and goals.
Origin Clothing – Catherine Wood – Fresh legs at half time, Cath stood up for the challenge and smashed out a solid game.
Her work ethic and deliverance of the ball was spot on.
Ladies Committee – Maddi Clark.
Roos 21 defeated by Myrtleford 50.
The girls took the court in another scorcher.
Starting with Bec in centre she held her own and escaped her defence position.
Goalers worked hard but Myrtleford’s defenders were strong and played a hard game.
Emma stepped up in the centre and played strong.
Sarah played a strong game in WD and then WA and has had a strong return.
Two 16’s took to the court – Jade and Ruby and contributed well.
Bad luck girls, good effort.
Sullivans Hair & Beauty & Club 2 – Sarah Borbidge; Club 1 – Grace Hanrahan; Essential Beauty – Emma Sinclair; Ladies Committee – Bec Kuschert.
Roos 25 defeated by Myrtleford 31.
After a slow start the girls finished very strongly and only just got beaten.
Our defensive end played so well, creating many turnovers.
Our shooters also had a good game, working well together.
Lily had a fantastic game bringing the ball down the court.
The whole team showed great team spirit and we look forward to Raiders next week.
Sullivans Hair & Beauty - Sophie Schulz; Club 1 – Lily Hanrahan; Club 2 – Ruby Hayley-O’Neill; Sportspower – Jade Lane; Ladies Committee – Brooke Ferwerda.