Roos on top af­ter beat­ing Saints

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

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.

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