Another great day for football greeted the Cats at Thurgoona against a very successful club on a ground that the Cat’s haven’t had a great deal of success at over the past few years.
The Cats knew it was not going to be any easy task.
The first half there was little separating the two teams with the Cats 9 points up at the main break.
The Bulldogs then showed why they have been the competition leaders over the last couple of years, changing up their forward line and with the experience of Jayden Kotzur taking over, the Bulldogs kicked eight goals to four in the premiership quarter to take a strangle hold on the game.
The Cats threw what they could at the Bulldogs in the last quarter finally going down by twenty-three points, certainly not disgraced but in suffering their first loss for the year they will have to look at all aspects if they want to be able to beat the likes of the reigning premiers.
Rutherglen 15.15.105 def by Thurgoona 19.14.128.
Awards: Greg Leahy Remedial Massage- Cameron Wilson, Complete Body Craft - Nathan Waite, Corowa Golf Club - Chris Oats, Poachers Paradise Hotel - Nathan Thomas, Rutherglen Pizza - Sam Bowers, Hungry Jacks Barnawartha - Damien Wilson, Auction Player - Cameron Wilson.
The Cats reserves also had to settle for second best after being defeated by a very rounder and strong Thurgoona reserves side.
Like the senior group the reserve boys were certainly not disgraced against a team that is and has been the benchmark of reserve footy in the TDFL for a number of years.
Jake Turton again led the way followed by future guns of the club Michael Cooper and Jackson Bowering.
Brent Flannery and Matt Farrugia used their wise heads making an impact, while newcomer Adam Lawrence showed why he’s going to be a very valuable asset to the club.
Rutherglen 4.2.26 def by Thurgoona 19.6.120.
Awards: Baker Seed Co - Josh Cooper, Indigo Massage - Adam Lawrence, Poachers Paradis Hotel - Jackson Bowering, Rutherglen IGA - Jake Turton, Hungry Jacks Barnawartha - Brent Flannery, Rutherglen Car Wash/Pizza - Matt Farrugia, Rutherglen Bakery - Jono Gay, Auction Player - Jake Turton.
Under 17s and Under 14s also suffered losses but with a group of players returning to the teams this week, our junior Cats shouldn’t have to wait long to get back on the winners list.
Hungry Jacks Barnawartha - Lenny Hill, McDonalds - Hugh Fraser/Luke Nicholson, Rutherglen Lolly Shop - Archer Colvin, Coaches Award - Jyden Capper.
Rutherglen 3.6.24 def by Thurgoona 8.9.57.
Rutherglen Pizza - Max Glover-Hill, Hungry Jacks Barnawartha - Tom Alison, Rutherglen News & Lotto - James Keys, Corowa Fertilizers - Tyler Benbow, Katrina Johnson Hairdressing - Declan Glover-Hill, Coach/Runner - Caleb Johnstone.
Rutherglen 4.5.29 def by Thurgoona 18.17.125.
Rutherglen Pizza - Sam Edmondson, Corowa Sportspower - Sam Tynan, Rutherglen News & Lotto - Jackson Bowering, Hungry Jacks Barnawartha - Matt Halton, Urban Graze - Isaac McCluskey, Coaches/Runners - Jack Jennings.
This Saturday Rutherglen Cats host the Chiltern Football Netball Club for the most important day on the Cats home game fixture, the “Rutherglen Cancer Awareness Day”.
The High Tea function in the clubrooms from midday will again have guest speakers and many raffle prizes to win.
A ball drop from a helicopter after the final siren will give a lucky ball owner $1000 cash.
Tickets for both the High Tea and Ball Drop will be available on the day.
A Variety Auction in the clubrooms after the game will give bidders a chance to take home some great prizes, including a $1000 crane hire voucher from the TDFL Major Sponsor, Dunn’s Twin City Cranes, and a joy flight for two people over Lake Hume, Albury Wodonga donated to auction by Helifly.
With face painting and jumping castle for the kids, Barkly Park Rutherglen will be the place to be this Saturday.
All money raised from the day will go to the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund.