Cats upset Mitta
As was last week, both senior teams of Cats had impressive wins in total contrasting conditions. There was no sunscreen or wide brim hats required at Eskdale on Saturday, raincoats and blankets were the order of the day as we tasted the first day of wet slippery conditions for the season.
With no Under 14s at Mitta this year, the Under 17 Cats were the first to take on the cooler conditions.
While the score indicates a 16 point loss, the Cats had a very tight struggle and showed passages of very good football giving their supporters plenty to look forward to when coach Phil gets his full list of players to choose from.
For a number of reasons the Reserve boys were forced to search high and low for players to fill all positions, this made the 49 point win at Eskdale all the more special.
The coaches were impressed by the efforts of the entire group and thanked those that stepped in to play and help bring the 4 points back to Rutherglen.
Rhys Renshaw, Shaun Moore and Jay Mase were the best of a very even group of contributors for the Cats.
The Senior players had to dig deep in wet and slippery conditions to get the points.
Loosing Coach Wilson and forward Neander in the first few minutes of the game meant rotations were back to the bare minimum and it was going to be a tough arm wrestle.
With the scores even at half time, it was time for a wounded coach to get the Cats up and about for the second half.
To the Cats credit they responded and an- swered what was asked of them with a very determined and committed second half.
Young gun Cameron Wilson made it look like it was a dry day with all his skill on show, while the experience of Farwell, Nathan Waite and Sammon made the trip to the hills all worthwhile.
This week the Cats host the benchmark Kiewa Sandy Creek at Barkly Park with a very special day planned, including a Pre Anzac Day ceremony prior to the senior game, with all Rutherglen and Kiewa RSL members receiving free entry into the ground.
U/17’s – Rutherglen 5-10-40 def Mitta United 8-8-57. Awards: Rutherglen Pizza - Sam Tynan; Corowa Sportspower - Jack Andison; Hungry Jacks Barnawartha - Mitch Cofield; Rutherglen News & Lotto - Tyler Ferraro; Urban Graze - Justin Lewis; Coaches/Runner - Jackson Lewis.
RESERVES: Rutherglen 12-8-80 def Mitta United 4-7-31. Awards: Baker Seed Co - Rhys Renshaw; Indigo Massage - Shaun Moore; Poachers Paradise Hotel - Jay Mase; Rutherglen Pizza - Brent Flannery; Hungry Jacks Barnawartha - Braeden Hatton; Rutherglen Car Wash - Brayden Kimball; Auction Player - Rhys Renshaw.
SENIORS: Rutherglen 9-10-64 def Mitta United 6-11-47. Awards: Greg Leahy Remedial Massage - Cameron Wilson; Complete Body Craft - Jarad Farwell; Corowa Golf Club - Nathan Waite; Poaches Paradise Hotel - Ben Plemming; Rutherglen Pizza - James Sammon; Hungry Jacks Barnawartha - Harry Cowie; Auction Player - Cameron Wilson.