It was a mixed day for the Roos with the Seniors suffering defeat and the Reserves down but not out against the Lavington Panthers. But the headlines of the day belong to the Thirds who had a thrilling first win for the season, getting up by a solitary point.
The Roos were never in the hunt when the Panthers shot away to a convincing five-goal to nil lead at quarter -time, reminiscent of the encounter against the Raiders last week.
When the backline tightened up through the likes of Jamie Seymour, Kade Kuschert and Jack Schilg, coupled with the run and strong marking of Joe Hansen, the Roos had numerous opportunities to even the ledger. A welcome return to Beau Schilg for the Roos’ first goal, however, was the only return for efforts in the first half.
Despite the valiant efforts of Jed Griffin, Rhys Andrews, Jimmy Hanrahan and Tyson Logie, the Roos were unable to penetrate the Panthers’ defence, which was in stark contrast to the other end of the ground where there appeared to be plenty of space in the forward line hot spot, especially in the last quarter.
Kuschert, Schilg, Jordan Eyers and Dean Ewing came into the side for the injured Shaun Huy, Lachie McLarty, Peter Whyte and unavailable big man James Atkinson. Congratulations to Ewing for his first senior game with the club. We shouldn’t be too harsh on the group that was undoubtedly the most inexperienced team to take the field this year.
When the Roos take on Wangaratta Magpies at home following the split round bye, we can expect several key players back from short-term injury.
Corowa Rutherglen 4.6.30 v Lavington 21.9.135
Goals: J. Griffin, B. Schilg, H. Filliponi, J. Hansen
Club Awards: J. Griffin, J. Seymour, J. Hanrahan, C. Spencer, R. Andrews
Sponsors’ Awards: C. Spencer, K. Kuschert, A. Lingham, J. Griffin, T. Logie, D. Cook
The Reserves continue to battle the game out to the bitter end with an undermanned squad, typified by a three-goal final quarter. Tycarl Cole showed off his trademark fierce determination once again with an 80-metre dogged chase and the tireless efforts of Matt Baker, Mitch O’Brien, Lincoln Ash, Simon Lavis and Blake Cooper didn’t go unnoticed. Nick Clifton played his best game for a long time and Harley Ralph was outstanding once again.
But it was the Montgomery brothers, Joel and Scott, who stole the show for the Roos with two goals apiece.
Corowa Rutherglen 4.5.29 v Lavington 20.14.134
Goals: J. Montgomery 2, S. Montgomery 2
Sponsors’ Awards: M. Baker, M. O’Brien, L. Ash, T. Cole, B. Cooper
In a remarkable twist of events, the scoreboard was showing the Panthers leading by two points with just moments remaining on the clock, when a Roos snap at goal hit the post as the final siren sounded. Roos players sunk to their knees, but were soon joined by the Panthers when it was then believed that the game had been tied. Official scores then verified a one-point victory for the Roos. Players and supporters re-gathered in the rooms to belt out the club’s team song with enormous gusto. A well-earned celebration for Coach Brent Corcoran and his charges.
It was a game where both teams had their run of unanswered goals but when the Roos led by 22 points early in the final quarter, the game appeared to be in their keeping. The determined Panthers hit back hard with five quick goals to take a six-point lead with only minutes to play. Not to let these events overcome their determination, the Roos continued to attack until the very end. Great game.
It was the fierce tackling all over the ground and numerous heroic acts that saved the day for the Roos, but a special mention belongs to Kaelen Bradtke. KB’s influence was enormous with his strong marking and three goals that included two from outside 50 and another from tight on the boundary line.
Corowa Rutherglen 12.13.85 v Lavington 13.6.84
Goals: K. Bradtke 3, H. Weller 2, S. Taylor 2, T. Baker 2, J. Tanner, M. Tanner, R. Black
Sponsors’ Awards: K. Bradtke, B. Fitzpatrick, T. Baker, N. McDonald, S. Taylor
Coach’s Award: J. Tanner, M. Tanner
Awards’ Sponsors: Thanks again to our Award’s Sponsors: 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 Ladies Committee.
Urban Graze Volunteer Awards: A big thanks to Ruth King who helps out with just about anything that needs doing relating to netball. Enjoy your Urban Graze experience.
A last minute reminder for the annual Black Tie ‘Masquerade’ Ball to be held at the Corowa Golf Club, 6.30pm Saturday, May 5, with live music by Toucan Rock. Tickets are available from Origin Clothing or direct from the club online shop. $60 adults, $45 under eighteen.
Next on the social calendar is the Mother’s Day Dinner to be held at the clubrooms at 7pm on Thursday, May 10. Mums, grandmas, aunts, wives, girlfriends or that special person in your life are all welcome.
On Sunday, May 27 the club will be celebrating the Corowa Spiders’ 50th Premiership Reunion with a luncheon to be held in the clubrooms during the Roos versus Yarrawonga clash. Tickets at $30 are available from Nicole Griffen, Phil Godde or David Kiefel. If you know of anyone, player or supporter, that has fond memories of the Spiders days, please invite them along.
This year’s Golden Roo Dinner, featuring Boomer Harvey, will be held at the clubrooms on Wednesday, July 18. Discounted extra tickets at $100 are available to Golden Roos members that pay their membership before April 30.
Other upcoming events include the ‘Father-Son Night’ with the legendary Hawthorn full-forward Peter Hudson and son Paul; and the ‘Cash Draw Sunday’. Details to be advised shortly.
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