Roos on top after beating Saints
Corowa-Rutherglen is sitting on top of the O&M ladder with a healthy percentage at the completion of round two after defeating Myrtleford at the weekend.
The Roos’ two wins have come in emphatic style with a game plan that works and is well executed by a disciplined group that is playing with belief.
It was a fitting reward for Hayden “Lefty” Filliponi celebrating his 100th senior game with the club.
There were three changes from last week’s winning side with the unlucky Pete Whyte, Harley Ralph and Jordan Eyers making way for the much admired Lachie McLarty, Jimmy Hanrahan and debutant Callum Spencer.
This only demonstrates the growing depth of the playing list.
Cal put in a solid performance and was especially noticeable with his pressure acts.
The Saints jumped the Roos by kicking the first two goals of the game.
But that changed quickly when the Roos hit their straps to pile on the next five before quarter time.
The midfield got on top and continually bombarded the forward line where Cody Parker booted four the quarter and five for the game.
His display was brimming with composure, class and sheer hard work.
The Roos were never in danger as they went on to win by a comfortable margin of thirty points, which could have been significantly higher if not for poor kicking at goal in the second half.
It’s a difficult task to name best players when you’re losing games by big margins, but it’s even more difficult when you have so many contributors in a hard-working side that performs well all over the ground. But let’s have a try anyway! The backline once again starved the opposition of easy goals with Gus Ingham and Jack Schilg, working both ends of the ground, had outstanding games.
Jordan Lavis, Dean Druce, Jamie Seymour and Kade Kuschert teamed together like clockwork in defence, hitting up long targets repeatedly.
Midfielders Tyson Logie, Dylan Cook and Shaun Huy worked the ground like a pack of wolves all day while Hanrahan, in his first game for the year, was in everything.
Luke Maloney crept forward on several occasions making a pest of himself near goal.
The tremendous forward line pressure applied by Lachie McLarty, Brendon Morris and Jed Griffin, in the air and on the ground, continued to provide repeat scoring opportunities for the home team.
The work rate and influence of unsung big men Rhys Andrews and James Atkinson cannot be ignored.
The confidence they have brought to the smaller brigade has made a huge difference to the team’s performances so far this year.
When the Saints clogged up the play with defensive tactics in the second and third quarters, the Roos occasionally fell back into a negative style of play by chipping the ball backwards and sideways.
But when they got back to playing a more attacking style they looked far more threatening.
We look forward to a strong following next Saturday when we take on Wodonga Raiders away. Footy starts with U18s at 10am and Netball U16s at 9.30am. See you there.
Final Scores: Corowa-Rutherglen 11.16.82 v Myrtleford 7.10.52. Goals: C. Parker 5, T. Logie 2, B. Morris, L. McLarty, J. Hanrahan, J. Griffin Club Awards: D. Cook, C. Parker, B. Morris, H. Filliponi, T. Logie, J. Schilg, D. Druce Sponsor Awards: H. Filliponi, L. Maloney, T. Spencer, J. Seymour, S. Huy, A. Lingham
You can sense a real feel of comradery with the Reserves this year and despite losing a hard fought game, the banter around the rooms was upbeat. Players are enjoying their footy and it shows. The hard-running Saints jumped the Roos with three quick goals early in the game before the Roos settled to trail four goals to two at the first break.
Myrtleford eventually went on to win by forty-two points thanks to their dominant tall up forward, but general play was very even for most of the match.
John Conroy was outstanding across half back with his clever reading of the play and effective ball use.
Tycarl Cole worked like a Trojan for four quarters and his effort in the second quarter to kick the ball into space while under pressure, then chase it down forty metres away, lay a tackle on his opponent, and earn a free kick was simply inspiring.
The other play of the day was Adam Bar- tlett’s sixty-five metre torpedo (or so his dad reckons) for goal.
Bardy, with his elusive smarts, was busy all day.
But probably the biggest celebration of all was reserved for perennial backman Pete Whyte when he snagged a major.
Jordan Eyers, Nash Kusen, Matt Wilson, Zac Nicholls, Harley Ralph and Mac McFarland were hungry for the four quarters and impressed with their ball use.
Simon Lavis, Lincoln Ash and Beau Damn all got plenty of possessions and deserve a pat on the back.
Great to see you out there Matt and well done Mac with your first experience at openage level.
It was a really entertaining game to watch and it’s great to see several Reserves players in really good form and keep pressure on the seniors to maintain their spot.
Final Scores: Corowa Rutherglen 6.2.38 v Myrtleford 12.8.80. Goals: M. McFarland 2, J. Montgomery, A. Bartlett, B. Damm, P. Whyte
Lachy McLarty takes a spectacular mark during the Roos win against Myrtleford.