Raiders end Roos’ run

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

Wodonga Raiders put an end to Corowa Ruther­glen’s fan­tas­tic start to the Ovens & Mur­ray sea­son with an em­phatic 90 point vic­tory against the league lead­ers.

From the first bounce it was ob­vi­ous the Raiders weren’t go­ing to take the Roos lightly and took ad­van­tage of a strong wind at their backs to lead 3.6.24.to nil at the first break.

The tack­ling was fe­ro­cious and clean pos­ses­sions were a lux­ury in slip­pery con­di­tions.

The wind dropped sharply at the start of the sec­ond quar­ter and the Raiders con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate with the Roos still goal­less at half time.

It wasn’t un­til late in the third quar­ter that the Roos posted their first ma­jor break through the hard work of best-on-ground Jamie Sey­mour.

Scooter, who was dom­i­nant down back, ran the full length of the ground to ac­cept a hand­ball from Pete Whyte and shoot truly from forty me­tres.

Joe Hansen was the only other Roo to score with a clever kick around the body in the last.

Oth­ers to im­press were Jor­dan Lavis and Jack Schilg who have both played con­sis­tently good four-quar­ter games ev­ery week.

Jed Grif­fin and Gus Ing­ham also put in strong per­for­mances, but the full team per­for­mance that was ob­vi­ous in the open­ing two rounds wasn’t at the same level.

Al­though mid­field­ers Shaun Huy, Tyson Lo­gie and Hay­den Fil­liponi bat­tled man­fully all day, it’s fair to say they low­ered their colours against the hard run­ning and skill­ful Raider’s smaller bri­gade.

Pete Whyte and Dan Mur­phy came in for the in­jured Cody Parker and the un­avail­able Kade Kuschert.

There’s no doubt that the ab­sence of the ex­pe­ri­enced and in-form key po­si­tion duo up­set the bal­ance of the team forc­ing coach Marc Al­mond to shuf­fle play­ers around through­out the game.

In all, the Raiders were never trou­bled by the Roos on a day when al­most cy­clonic con­di­tions in­vaded the ground close to three quar­ter time.

Spec­ta­tors headed for cover and hud­dled around the gas heater in weather so dif­fer­ent from what we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced in re­cent weeks.

We’re con­fi­dent the Roos can re­cap­ture their early sea­son form for their next en­counter against the sec­ond-placed Lav­ing­ton Pan­thers at John Fo­ord oval on Satur­day.

Corowa Ruther­glen 2.1.13 v Raiders 14.19.103.

Goals: J. Sey­mour, J. Hansen Club Awards: J. Sey­mour, J. Lavis, J. Grif­fin Spon­sors’ Awards: S. Huy, T. Lo­gie, H. Fil­liponi, J. Lavis, J. Grif­fin, J. Schilg

Re­serves

Several play­ers were un­avail­able from pre­vi­ous week’s which left the group with a tough task against the more highly cre­den­tialed Raiders out­fit.

Kick­ing with a strong breeze the Raiders bolted away to a forty-one point lead at quar­ter time and never looked back.

Al­though down all day, the Roos never gave up and fin­ished the game sav­ing their best quar­ter for the last boot­ing two goals.

It was good to see Beau Schilg back on the park for his first hit out of the sea­son and have some im­por­tant touches.

Har­ley Ralph put up his hand for a re­turn to the se­niors with a solid dis­play while Matt Baker, Nash Kusen, Zac Ni­cholls and Nick Clifton shared the re­main­der of the awards.

John Con­roy, Zach Ni­cholls and Dean Ew- ing also played their part but cel­e­bra­tions were most ev­i­dent when Joel Mont­gomery snagged a ma­jor.

Ad­mi­ra­tion for this group who play their hearts out for their team mates, and the colours they rep­re­sent, ev­ery week.

Corowa Ruther­glen 3.2.20 v Raiders 28.15.183.

Goals: J. Mont­gomery, N. Kusen, H. Ralph Spon­sors’ Awards: H. Ralph, M. Baker, N. Kusen, Z. Ni­cholls, N. Clifton

Thirds

The Roos started slowly against the Raiders at Wodonga on Satur­day with the Raiders kick­ing the first two goals of the game.

When the Roos fi­nally set­tled they started to play some good footy of their own. The sec­ond quar­ter started well with the Roos kick­ing the first goal and were winning their fair share of the ball out of the mid­dle, but could not cap­i­talise on their chances with the Raiders mak­ing them on the score­board. The trend con­tin­ued in the third quar­ter with the Roos show­ing plenty of fight and com­pet­ing well but still not much to show for their ef­fort. The last quar­ter was a costly one for the Roos, with the Raiders in­creas­ing their lead as the game pro­gressed.

To the Roos’ credit they fought the game out, but the Raiders were too strong and ran out com­fort­able win­ners.

Corowa Ruther­glen 4.3.27 v Raiders 15.25.115.

Goals:H.Weller,J.Tanner,K.Bradtke,J.Ey­ers Spon­sors’ Awards: T. Baker, J. Ey­ers, M. Tanner, M. Lavis, J. Tanner Coach’s Award: A. Cor­ri­gan, B. Fitz­patrick Awards’ Spon­sors Thanks again to our Award’s Spon­sors: Ur­ban Graze, The Hub Au­to­mo­tive, New­mar­ket Ho­tel, Corowa Golf Club, Corowa Whiskey

Wet and windy weather con­di­tions made play­ing con­di­tions tough for both sides in the Roos’ se­niors match.

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