Six key players were out of the lineup that toppled Myrtleford just a few weeks ago, which did not help Corowa Rutherglen’s attempt to overcome the reigning premiers Wangaratta Magpies.
It did however pave the way for another talented thirds player in Mac McFarlane and the consistent Reserves player John Conroy to make their debut at senior level.
They both deserved their opportunity and contributed well on the day.
With probably their youngest team for some time with four eligible U18’s players, the inexperienced Roos really took it up to their talented opponents for most of the first half but with key forwards missing, the Roos found it difficult to trouble the goal umpires.
The Maggies on the other hand, with their slick ball movement and outside game found lead-up forwards on a regular basis.
After chasing for most of the day, the young Roos were unable to keep up with the fast finishing Wangaratta outfit to go down against a genuine premiership contender.
The effort seemed to be there, but execution and simple turnovers often let them down.
Jack Schilg was again dominant, mainly across half back and certainly did his chances of making the final O&M representative side no harm.
Joe Hansen was required to play various roles from attack to midfield to defence in another solid four-quarter performance.
Consistent midfield trio Dylan Cook, Tyson Logie and Hayden Filliponi were again prominent while Jordan Lavis, Gus Lingham and Jamie Seymour repelled numerous attacks.
Rhys Andrews toiled manfully in the ruck while Luke Maloney again provided a small man option up forward.
The highlight of the day belonged to the pesky Jed Griffen who soared above three tall opponents to pull down an absolute hanger.
The Roos face another significant challenge next week as they take on Albury at the Tigers home ground.
Corowa Rutherglen 3.4.22 def by Wangaratta 20.22.142
Goals: H. Filliponi 1, L. Moloney 1, C. Parker 1Club Awards: J. Hansen, D. Cook, J. Schilg
Sponsors’ Awards: M. McFarland, H. Filliponi, L. Maloney, R. Andrews, T. Logie, J. Lavis
The Reserves also felt the pinch of senior players missing in action and were certainly outplayed on the day.
A few of the thirds players were required to double up, and obviously found it difficult to go at full pace all game.
Tycarl Cole, Lincoln Ash and Adam Bartlett again battled hard for the four quarters while Matt Baker and Shane Manning took out the remainder of the awards.
Shane kicking the Roos solitary goal from a wide set shot.
Beau Schilg was prominent in the midfield and across half back and it was great to see John Robinson back out on the track with his mates.
Joel Montgomery showed off his extraordinary agility and pinpoint ball use on numerous occasions demonstrating that he really can play the game.
Corowa Rutherglen 1.2.8 v Wangaratta 22.16.148
Goals: S. Manning Sponsors’ Awards: T. Cole, S. Manning, M. Baker, L. Ash, A. Bartlett
It was almost one-way traffic for the first half of the game, unfortunately in the direction of Wangaratta’s goal line.
The fleet footed Maggies used the ball more efficiently against a depleted Roos outfit who felt the effects of several key players stepping up to senior level.
This provided the opportunity for numerous U16 players to get a taste of footy at a higher level and acquitted themselves extremely well with their sheer determination.
As the game wore on, the fresher legs of Wangaratta, who had the luxury of three more players on the bench which proved to be a significant advantage for the visitors.
In saying that, the Roos third quarter was probably their best going goal for goal with their opponents.
Corowa Rutherglen 4.5.29 v Wangaratta 23.13.151
Goals: J. Tanner 2, K. Bradtke, D. Melksham
Sponsors’ Awards: M. Tanner, J. Tanner, M. Lavis, D. Melksham, K. Bradtke
Coach’s Awards: M. Fuller, B. Fitzpatrick
A huge thankyou to the Roos 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 Ladies Committee.
Urban Graze Volunteer Award: Well done to Jake Bates on receiving this week’s Volunteer Award.
Jack is recovering well from a knee injury he suffered last season and we look forward to seeing him back on the park as a player, instead of helping out on the sidelines.
This Thursday, May 10 the club will be celebrating Mother’s day with a dinner to be held at the clubrooms from 7pm.
Bring along your mums, grandmas, aunts, wives, girlfriends or that special person in your life.
On Sunday, May 27 the club will be celebrating the Corowa Spider’s 50th Premiership Reunion with a luncheon to be held in the clubrooms prior to the senior’s 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 Spider’s days, please invite them along.
Commemorative jumpers will be auctioned after the game while at the other end of the schedule; the junior teams will be on display in the morning.
What a great day is instore.
Keep an eye out for the “Family Ties and Auction Night” featuring the legendary Peter Hudson and his son Paul.
It will be free entry on the night with affordable meals and drinks available.
Memorabilia and local goods and services will be up for auction. Promises to be a very entertaining evening for people of all ages.
A reminder to Golden Roos that this year’s Dinner featuring Boomer Harvey will be held at the clubrooms on Wednesday, July 18.
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