The Roos missed a genuine opportunity to notch a win against the Wodonga Bulldogs after a dominant first quarter to lead by three goals, only to go down by fifteen points by games end.
Playing an attractive and cohesive style of footy, the Roos looked well in control until a significant momentum shift was triggered by a couple of not-so-well executed disposals deep in defence, which allowed the Bulldogs back into the game.
Still leading by six points at half time the Roos were well in the game, but it was the Bulldogs that took control of the corridor on their short, but wide home ground, in a match winning five goals to two third quarter.
The Roos had some opportunities late in the game to steal the four points but a couple of missed set shots went slightly astray.
Cameron Dunne played a solid four quarters of footy, playing both in attack and defence, to be the Roos best player. Cameron has become a highly respected player amongst the group since it has been revealed the enormous challenges he has faced over recent years, and the courage he has displayed to get himself back into a physically demanding sport.
Jimmy O’Connell once again gave everything he had while Jack Schilg and Andrew Pretto impressed both with two goals.
Leigh Schulz was effective up forward with two of his own while Jarred Lane played varying roles and did so to great effect.
The Roos have started very strongly in a number of games only to let the ascendancy slip in the latter stages.
Let’s hope that trend can be overturned when the Roos battle it out with Wodonga Raiders at home next Saturday.
The Raiders have been a bit inconsistent this season which may well provide an opportunity for the Roos to strike.
Corowa Rutherglen 10.9.69 v Wodonga 13.6.84
Goals: J. Schilg 2, L. Schulz 2, A. Pretto 2, A. Wallis, K. Bradtke, T. Brook, J. Bates
Awards: J. O’Connell, C. Dunne, J. Lane, J. Schilg, A. Pretto
With three early goals between them, Matt Wilson and Joel Montgomery got the Roos off to their best start to the season.
The midfield was well on top and the boys were playing for each other in an entertaining first half, but their run was short lived as the Bulldogs took control in the second to run out comfortable winners.
The Roos situation wasn’t helped with Harley Ralph’s game cut short after copping a heavy knock in his threepeat tackling effort.
Cody Kuschert had an impressive game and the likes of Pete Whyte, Lincoln Ash, Matt Tanner and Joe Ferguson all had an influence.
Jayden Hall will probably claim the highlight of the game when snapped truly from short range.
Corowa Rutherglen 7.5.47 v Wodonga 16.6.102
Goals: J. Montgomery 2, M. Wilson 2, C. Kuschert, J. Hall, L. Kuschert
Awards: C. Kuschert, L. Ash, M. Tanner, J. Montgomery, P. Whyte, M. Wilson.
The Thirds can feel rightfully aggrieved after going down by just two points in a hard fought, see-sawing game in slippery conditions.
With seven players missing from their original list, the Roos were looking to draw level with the fifth placed Bulldogs, also desperate for a win.
Leading narrowly at every change, the Roos could have opened up a match winning lead had they kicked a little straighter in a game where goals were at an absolute premium.
Multiple goal scorers in Deaken Clancy, Oliver Struve and Cal Spencer combined to have the Roos in front by four points with only minutes to go until the Dogs took the lead and held on to the bitter end.
Jordan Eyers and Bailey Pirnag were dynamic in the midfield.
But there were a lot of really good players in a great team effort.
Jacob Beveridge, Jack Jennings and Will Seymour deserving of a special mention.
The Thirds are still in the final’s race and a win against the Raiders next week will keep them right in touch.
Corowa Rutherglen 7.9-51 v Wodonga 8.5-53
Goals: D. Clancy 3, O. Struve 2, C. Spencer 2
Awards: J. Eyers, B. Pirnag, J. Jennings, W. Seymour, O. Struve, J. Beveridge (Coach’s Award)
Our Awards’ Sponsors
Thank you to Corowa Golf Club, Hotel Australia, Newmarket Hotel, Border Natural Therapies, Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate Factory, Soden’s Hotel, Origin Clothing, Doc Yarrum, Urban Graze, Sportspower and our very own Canteen Committee.
Our special guest at this year’s Golden Roo Dinner will be the entertaining, and often controversial, Campbell Brown.
A key figure in the successful Hawthorn era, Brown hit the headlines for more than just his footy and will have plenty to discuss, even his attempt to swim the English Channel to raise money for charity.
Golden Roos members will be issued with a ticket while guests can jump on board for $120.
Put 7.00pm Wednesday 17 July in your diary.
Tickets are available from Graham Hosier and Rowena Black.
A date is yet to be confirmed for this year’s Cash Draw but we can inform you that it will be held at the Clubrooms and that Tickets at $50 gives you the opportunity to share in $7,000 in prize money plus all food and drinks included in the price. Watch this space.
The Eyers family have been wonderful contributors at the club over the years so as Jim and Wendy head off on their winter escape up north we wish them safe travels and happy times.
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