Jubilation for new look Roos
There were scenes of jubilation when the Corowa Rutherglen Roos defeated Wangaratta Rovers by an impressive forty-six points in their season opener away game on Easter Saturday.
The new look Roos welcomed the return of Jamie Seymour, Tyson Logie, Dean Druce, Dylan Cook and Luke Maloney. The football department also worked tirelessly over the pre-season to secure quality recruits in Cody Parker, Brendon Morris, Angus Lingham, Shaun Huy, James Atkinson and Rhys Andrews.
Congratulations also has to go to talented youngster Jordan Eyers on making his senior debut.
Under the guidance of new coach Marc Almond and his team, the Roos looked in control from the very first bounce, scoring the first three goals of the game and held a four-goal lead at half time.
The backline, led by evergreens Seymour and Kuschert and ably supported by Lingham, Druce and Jordan Lavis looked well-structured and composed.
With good decision making and ball use, they combined extremely well to keep the Rovers from getting easy shots at goal, regularly forcing them to shoot from long and wide.
Midfielders Logie, Huy, Parker, Hayden Filliponi and Joe Hansen put on a dominant display and hurt the opposition on the scoreboard. Morris worked tirelessly up forward with three goals while small forwards Jed Griffin and Eyers looked dangerous all day.
But it was the whole team performance that was most noticeable. Every player was prepared to put their body on the line, tackle hard, back up their teammates and take the game on with daring footy that we haven’t seen since their narrow loss to Wang Magpies early last season.
The Rovers threw everything they could at the Roos in the third quarter, but a blistering six-goal final term by the Roos blew the opposition away, testament to all those hard hours on the track over a long pre-season.
It must have been a difficult task in deciding award winners with so many players putting in strong performances.
Marc Almond heaped praise on the playing group at the post-match gathering in front of a large contingent of loyal supporters.
The sour note of the day was the loss of highly talented Tyler Spencer to a hand injury early in the game. We wish Tyler, who has had a woeful run with injuries, a speedy recovery.
Next Saturday, the Roos take on Myrtleford in our first home game of the season. We look forward to a strong following in what is now expected to be a great contest.
It’s inevitable that we are always going to lose talented young players that head elsewhere for university studies or to play footy at a higher level.
We wish Jay O’Donoghue, Sam Harvey, Matt Wilson, Will Robinson, Jy Lane and Fletcher Stewart all the best in their endeavours and it was great to see most of them at the game on Saturday to cheer on their former teammates.
Final Scores: Corowa Rutherglen 14.6.90 v Wangaratta Rovers 5.14.44 Goals: C. Parker 3, B. Morris 3, J. Hansen 3, H. Filliponi 2, K. Kuschert, J. Griffin, J. Seymour Club Awards: T. Logie, C. Parker, G. Lingham, J. Seymour Sponsor Awards: J. Hansen, K. Kuschert, T. Logie, H. Filliponi, S. Huy, J. Schilg
Despite off-season speculation that the club would struggle to field a reserves team this season, a competitive outfit hit the field, scoring over forty points for the first time in a long time.
Their final score could have been signifi- cantly higher if not for numerous forward forays going unrewarded, particularly in the second quarter. The final scores may indicate complete dominance by the Rovers, but that was not the case in general play.
The team battled manfully for the entire four quarters with a dominant display by big man Peter Hancock. It was great to see Adam Bartlett, Simon Lavis and Brock Kusen back in the blue and white stripes.
We also wish Blake Spencer well in his
Despite off-season speculation that the Corowa Rutherglen Roos would struggle to field a reserves team this season, a competitive outfit hit the field on the weekend.