Battle of the Wills
The Roos were bolstered by the return of James Atkinson, Rhys Andrews and Jed Griffin plus the addition of Will Chandler for their away clash against Wodonga Bulldogs, but were without Dean Druce who has been in great form recently.
In a hotly contested first half, the Dogs led by six points at the main break despite the Roos seemingly having the better in all aspects of play, but not converting when it counted most. The Dogs stepped up a gear late in the third quarter with three goals in the last four minutes taking them to a commanding 27-point lead at three quarter time, and looked to have the game in their taking.
The Roos weren’t to be denied however and dominated the start of the final quarter playing an exciting style of attacking footy. The Roos piled on four goals in the blink of an eye, three of them from the boot of youngster Will Chandler, and got to within three points midway through the term. Chandler was putting on a masterclass of forward play, snagging five goals for the game in a best on ground performance.
Unfortunately, that’s where the resurgence ended as the Dogs were able to score easily from rebounds, mostly from short range, to win by 30 points. The same number of scoring shots from both sides is testament to the evenness of the contest.
Hayden Filliponi put in a gritty captain’s game and was well supported by the younger brigade in Tyler Spencer and Jed Griffin. Dylan Cook and Tyson Logie were Trojan like once again while the backline brigade of Kade Kuschert, Gus Lingham, Joe Hansen, Jamie Seymour and Jordan Lavis took the game on and continually drove the ball deep into attack.
Next week the Roos take on North Albury at John Foord Oval to round off the first half of the season. It promises to be a hotly contested clash.
Corowa Rutherglen 9.6.60 defeated by Wodonga Bulldogs 16.14.110
Goals: S. Montgomery 3, J. Montgomery, S. Manning, W. Jennings, B. Kusen, K. Bradtke, J. Eyers. Sponsors’ Awards: H. Ralph, K. Bradtke, M. Baker, A. Bartlett, J. Eyers.
The Roos put in their best performance on the scoreboard for the year playing some really competitive and entertaining footy.
John Robinson set the scene early with a bone-jarring tackle that seemed to lift the Roos intensity and although trailing by a couple of goals at quarter time were well in the game. But the second quarter was the gamebreaker for the Dogs who piled on six goals to the Roos’ two.
The second half was an even affair as both teams went goal for goal.
Matt Baker, Harley Ralph, Zac Nicholls and Adam Bartlett won plenty of the ball, while the Kusen brothers, Brock and Nick, hit he contest hard all day.
Kaelen Bradtke and Jordan Eyers worked tirelessly in their second game for the day.
Another brotherly duo in Scott and Joel Montgomery put on a goal kicking masterclass with four goals and a poster between them with booming long shots.
Goals: K. Bradtke 2, Tanner. Sponsors’ Awards: R. Eyers, B. Pirnag, K. Bradtke, T. Baker, J. Eyers. Coaches’ Awards: M. Tanner, J. Tanner.
The Roos made the early running with quality footy scoring two of the first three goals of the game. But the Dogs bit back hard to take an eight point lead at quarter time, which was stretched to thirty-one at the midway mark.
The Roos tried valiantly to stem the flow in the second half but many a forward thrust went unrewarded. The Dogs eventually running out comfortable winners on the day.
Bailey Pirnag, Kaelan Bradtke and Ryan and Jordan Eyers continue to impress as do Taylor Baker and the Tanners, Matt and James.
Corowa Rutherglen 3.7.25 defeated by Wodonga Bulldogs 17.15. 117
Don’t forget to support our Award Sponsors Urban Graze, The Hub Automotive, Newmarket Hotel, Corowa Golf Club, Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate Factory, Border Natural Therapies, Hotel Australia, Origin Clothing, Doc Yarrum, Guy Street Store, Sportspower and The CRFNC Ladies Committee.
Urban Graze Volunteer Award: Nicole Griffin is the deserving recipient of this week’s volunteer award for her tireless work around the club, more recently with extra duties for the 1968 Reunion Day and stepping up to cover for Kerrie Kuschert.
An entertaining evening for people of all ages, the “Family Ties and Auction Night” featuring Peter and Paul Hudson is next event on the event’s calendar.
This entry-free event will be held at the clubrooms on Saturday, June 30 following our home game against the Wodonga Raiders.
Affordable meals and drinks will be available and memorabilia and local goods and services will be up for auction.
The “Golden Roos Dinner”, hosted by Jeff Gieschen, and featuring guest speaker Boomer Harvey, will be held at the clubrooms on Wednesday evening, July 18.
Extra tickets for non-Golden Roo members are still available from the club.
Our super “Cash Draw Sunday” is scheduled for Sunday, July 22 - Tickets will be on sale soon.
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Corowa Rutherglen’s Hayden Filliponi kicks away during their grinding game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
Seniors Matt Wilson and Tyson Logie caught up in a clash.
Peter Whyte takes a strong mark.
Matt Tanner makes a strong tackle during the thirds game.