Ju­bi­la­tion for new look Roos

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) -

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

Re­serves

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.

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