Bat­tle of the Wills

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

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.

Catch all the lat­est news and fea­ture sto­ries on Face­book (, In­sta­gram (@crfnc_roos) or on our club web­site www.corowaruther­

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.

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