In a game against North Albury, where a fully available list would have been a real chance of victory, the Roos went down convincingly to the more experienced Hoppers outfit by over one hundred points. The depleted Roos were without 10 players that were an integral part of the team’s last victory in round two.
Three more debutants in Matt Baker, 15-year-old Darcy Melksham and 16-year-old Kaelen Bradtke took to the field for a taste of senior O&M footy in what was probably the youngest Roos outfit ever to grace the John Foord Oval. All three were worthy of their selection with Baker putting in consistently good form in the reserves while Melksham and Bradtke have been shining lights at underage level. So impressive was the diminutive Melksham’s first game that he was presented with the Club 1 award for his performance. Baker and Bradtke can also hold their heads high with their commitment to the jumper.
John Robinson came in for his first senior game of the season and did an outstanding job, playing a lone hand in the ruck for most of the game.
The Hoppers got off to a flying start to lead by seven goals to one at the first break and never looked back with their tall forwards dominating the scoring. A look at most stats would show the Roos having their share of the footy but missed targets continue to haunt the Roos.
It was difficult to find many winners on the day but Peter Whyte, who was given the tagging role on one of the league’s finest midfielders, was singled out by Coach Marc Almond for his determined effort, while Gus Lingham and Jordan Lavis did well in defence.
Tyson Logie, Hayden Filliponi and Joe Hansen were all called on to play in various positions in an attempt to sway the Hoppers’ dominance. Hansen’s determination to run and receive from half back to goal was one of the few highlights of good attacking footy by the Roos.
Kaelen Bradtke’s long set shot for goal also pleased the crowd.
It was obviously a disappointing day but the performance of the younger brigade, that also included two other underage players, Jordan Eyers and Mac Mcfarland, are encouraging signs for the future of the club.
It must be extremely difficult to find continuity and work to a game plan when the team has to deal with a handful of changes on a regular basis and finding an easy way out of defence is certainly an area to work on. The steadying influence in defence by the injured Jamie Seymour was sorely missed. All the same, effort was not the issue and we look forward to our return bout against Myrtleford, away, next Saturday, June 16.
Corowa Rutherglen 6.5.41 v North Albury 18.12.120
Goals: J. Tanner 2, S. Montgomery 2, M. O’Rourke, B. Corcoran
Sponsor Awards: M. Tanner, J. O’Rourke, J. Tanner, B. Damm, N. Clifton.
The Reserves also felt the pinch of unavailable players but still put in a real four-quarter effort against the Hoppers.
A handful of Thirds players were called on to bolster numbers after already facing a tough task earlier in the day. Well done to those boys.
It was great to see Cody Kuschert back on the track after 12 months on the sidelines recovering from a knee injury and he certainly didn’t hold back with his familiar dash out of defence.
Jason O’Rourke donned the blue and white for the first time this year and it would be great to see him with us on a regular basis. He and other hard nut Nash Kusen played great games winning plenty of contested possessions.
The Tanner brothers in Matt and James were prominent with James snagging two goals. Scott Montgomery also looked dangerous down forward with two of his own. Beau Damm and Nick Clifton featured in the awards with their determined efforts in the backline.
We continue to heap praise on the core group of Reserves players who fight against the odds week after week.
Corowa Rutherglen 5.8.38 v North Albury 13.13.91
Goals: W. Seymour 2, J. Fensom 2, M. Tanner
Sponsor Awards: B. Pirnag, L. Backhouse, C. Spencer, J. Tanner, M. Tanner
Coach’s Awards: J. Andison, M. Lavis.
Another team feeling the pinch was the Thirds with four of their key players lining up for the Seniors and calling on a handful of U16s to take their place. These younger players all had a part in the Roos’ very competitive start to the game, keeping in touch with the Hoppers, and trailing by just the one goal at half time.
The Hoppers’ more mature and taller bodies took control from there on with nine goals to two after the main break. Playing real team footy, the Roos worked hard to the very end, reflecting on the character of this determined group. Under the circumstances it was a very respectable result.
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Urban Graze Volunteer Award: Thank you to Roger Bradley who commits to videoing games every week as part of our match review process - a worthy recipient of this week’s volunteer award.
An entertaining evening for people of all ages, the ‘Family Ties and Auction Night’ featuring Peter and Paul Hudson is next up on the events calendar. Entry is free and will be held at the clubrooms on Saturday, June 30 following our home game against Wodonga Raiders. $8 meals and affordable refreshments will be available while memorabilia and local goods and services will be up for auction.
The ‘Golden Roos Dinner’ with guest speaker Boomer Harvey and hosted by Geoff Gieschen, will be held at the clubrooms on Wednesday evening, July 18. Extra tickets for non-Golden Roo members are still available from the club.
Our super ‘Kanga Cash Draw’ will be held on Sunday, July 22. A $50 ticket gives you the opportunity to share in $7,000 worth of prizes and provide you with refreshments and finger food from 12 noon to 4pm. Tickets will be on sale soon.
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