The slick Albury Tigers outgunned the Roos to continue their unbeaten record and remain on top of the O&M ladder with a resounding win.
Joe Hansen was instrumental in the Roos reasonable start to the game with creative play, continually setting up opportunities up forward.
But with a very strong defense, the Tigers were able to turn the ball over and set up easy scoring opportunities of their own.
Beau Schilg was the only forward looking dangerous with two goals in as many minutes late in the first quarter.
The Roos were down by four goals at quarter time but not disgraced.
It was a welcome return to Matt Wilson who fought hard for the contested ball all day while Dan Murphy continues to improve at senior level feeding off a number of clever handballs to running teammates.
Despite defenders Dean Druce, Jack Schilg and Jordan Lavis being under extreme pressure for most of the game, they were defiant in defence and worthy of a mention.
Tyson Logie, Hayden Filliponi and Rhys Andrews were up against the league’s most formidable midfield group but also gave it their all.
Usual forwards Brendan Morris and Cody Parker also spent time in the midfield in an attempt to curb the Tigers relentless attacking game, but that did deprive the Roos of key position targets.
When Parker was moved forward in the last quarter, he cleverly outmaneuvered his opponent on three occasions to score from the goal square.
It was pleasing to see the Roos match the Tigers on the scoreboard in that quarter, they had few answers to the Tiger’s dominance in the middle part of the game.
The Roos look forward to seeing the return of key players in Gus Lingham, Jed Griffin, James Atkinson and Shaun Huy for the club’s big 1968 reunion day when they host the Pigeons on Sunday, May 27 following the interleague bye next weekend.
Corowa Rutherglen 7.6.48 defeated by Albury 23.17.155.
Goals: C. Parker 4, B. Schilg 2, T. Logie.
Club Awards: T. Logie, H. Filliponi, R. Andrews, D. Druce.
Sponsors’ Awards: R. Andrews, D. Cook, J. Hansen, J. Schilg, J. Lavis, T. Spencer
It was a bright start to the game with a great running goal to Adam Bartlett to give the Roos the first major of the game.
But the Tigers soon switched into gear and replied with too many goals too often to allow the Roos to stay in the game thereafter.
John Robinson gave first use of the ball out of the ruck to the smaller brigade throughout the day and midfielders Nash Kusen and Harley Ralph were the beneficiaries.
Simon Lavis keeps on performing while Adam Bartlett won plenty of the ball.
Nick Clifton kept the pressure on his opponents deep in defence and Adam Priscina made a pest of himself in a number of contests.
Joel Montgomery featured amongst the best players with two great goals.
Some relief is in sight with the likely return of a handful of senior listed players next game.
Corowa Rutherglen 3.1.19 defeated by Albury 24.13. 157.
Goals: J. Montgomery 2, A. Bartlett.
Sponsors’ Awards: A. Bartlett, S. Lavis, J, Robinson, N. Kusen, J. Montgomery, H. Ralph.
Corowa Rutherglen 3.6.24 defeated by Albury 27.12.174.
Goals: J. Tanner, S. Taylor, B. Macfarlane.
The Thirds also got off to a bright start when James Tanner weaved his way through heavy traffic to slam home the opening goal of the game.
Dominating the clearances, the Roos had several more opportunities to goal without managing a major.
When Albury got their mojo going, and started hitting up leading targets lace-out, they converted on a regular basis and ran away comfortable winners.
Despite ferocious tackling by the Roos, the Tigers maintained outside presence when the ball was contested in close and fed off to their running players to damaging effect.
The Roos will regret a number of easy scores by their opponents in the goal square as they capitalised on loose balls at the back of the pack.
To be fair on the boys, they never surrendered in a game that was always going to be a tough assignment.
Let’s see if the Roos can get back on the winners list against downriver rivals Yarrawonga next up.
Sponsors’ Awards: R. Eyers, J. Tanner, J. McClusky, A. Corrigan, K, Bradtke, T. Wilson
Coach’s Award: M. Fuller
A huge thankyou 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 Ladies Committee.
Thanks also to Parker’s Pies who also jumped on board this week.
On Sunday, May 27 the club will be celebrating the Corowa Spider’s 1968 Premiership Reunion with a luncheon to be held in the clubrooms prior to the senior’s Roos versus Yarrawonga clash.
Tickets are available from Nicole Griffen, Phil Godde or David Kiefel at just $30/head.
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, our junior teams will be on display in the morning.
A wonderful addition to our sporting facilities, a spectacular new electronic scoreboard, is expected to be operational by that day.
The “Family Ties and Auction Night” featuring Peter and Paul Hudson will be held at the clubrooms on Saturday, June 30 following the home fixture against Wodonga Raiders.
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 hosted by former Bulldogs player and Richmond coach Jeff Gieschen and featuring guest speaker Boomer Harvey will be held at the clubrooms on Wednesday, July 18.
Extra tickets for non-Golden Roo members are still available from the club.
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