De­pleted Roos go down to Hop­pers

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

In a game against North Al­bury, where a fully avail­able list would have been a real chance of vic­tory, the Roos went down con­vinc­ingly to the more ex­pe­ri­enced Hop­pers out­fit by over one hun­dred points. The de­pleted Roos were with­out 10 play­ers that were an in­te­gral part of the team’s last vic­tory in round two.

Three more debu­tants in Matt Baker, 15-yearold Darcy Melk­sham and 16-year-old Kae­len Bradtke took to the field for a taste of se­nior O&M footy in what was prob­a­bly the youngest Roos out­fit ever to grace the John Fo­ord Oval. All three were wor­thy of their se­lec­tion with Baker putting in con­sis­tently good form in the re­serves while Melk­sham and Bradtke have been shin­ing lights at un­der­age level. So im­pres­sive was the diminu­tive Melk­sham’s first game that he was pre­sented with the Club 1 award for his per­for­mance. Baker and Bradtke can also hold their heads high with their com­mit­ment to the jumper.

John Robin­son came in for his first se­nior game of the sea­son and did an out­stand­ing job, play­ing a lone hand in the ruck for most of the game.

The Hop­pers got off to a fly­ing start to lead by seven goals to one at the first break and never looked back with their tall for­wards dom­i­nat­ing the scor­ing. A look at most stats would show the Roos hav­ing their share of the footy but missed tar­gets con­tinue to haunt the Roos.

It was dif­fi­cult to find many win­ners on the day but Peter Whyte, who was given the tag­ging role on one of the league’s finest mid­field­ers, was sin­gled out by Coach Marc Al­mond for his de­ter­mined ef­fort, while Gus Ling­ham and Jor­dan Lavis did well in de­fence.

Tyson Lo­gie, Hayden Fil­liponi and Joe Hansen were all called on to play in var­i­ous po­si­tions in an at­tempt to sway the Hop­pers’ dom­i­nance. Hansen’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to run and re­ceive from half back to goal was one of the few high­lights of good at­tack­ing footy by the Roos.

Kae­len Bradtke’s long set shot for goal also pleased the crowd.

It was ob­vi­ously a dis­ap­point­ing day but the per­for­mance of the younger brigade, that also in­cluded two other un­der­age play­ers, Jor­dan Ey­ers and Mac Mcfar­land, are en­cour­ag­ing signs for the fu­ture of the club.

It must be ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to find con­ti­nu­ity and work to a game plan when the team has to deal with a hand­ful of changes on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and find­ing an easy way out of de­fence is cer­tainly an area to work on. The steady­ing in­flu­ence in de­fence by the in­jured Jamie Sey­mour was sorely missed. All the same, ef­fort was not the is­sue and we look for­ward to our re­turn bout against Myrtle­ford, away, next Satur­day, June 16. SE­NIOR SCORES

Goals: J. Tan­ner 2, S. Mont­gomery 2, M. O’Rourke, B. Cor­co­ran

Spon­sor Awards: M. Tan­ner, J. O’Rourke, J. Tan­ner, B. Damm, N. Clifton.

The Re­serves also felt the pinch of un­avail­able play­ers but still put in a real four-quar­ter ef­fort against the Hop­pers.

A hand­ful of Thirds play­ers were called on to bol­ster num­bers af­ter al­ready fac­ing a tough task ear­lier in the day. Well done to those boys.

It was great to see Cody Kuschert back on the track af­ter 12 months on the side­lines re­cov­er­ing from a knee in­jury and he cer­tainly didn’t hold back with his fa­mil­iar dash out of de­fence.

Ja­son O’Rourke donned the blue and white for the first time this year and it would be great to see him with us on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. He and other hard nut Nash Kusen played great games win­ning plenty of con­tested pos­ses­sions.

The Tan­ner broth­ers in Matt and James were prom­i­nent with James snag­ging two goals. Scott Mont­gomery also looked dan­ger­ous down for­ward with two of his own. Beau Damm and Nick Clifton fea­tured in the awards with their de­ter­mined ef­forts in the back­line.

We con­tinue to heap praise on the core group of Re­serves play­ers who fight against the odds week af­ter week. Goals: W. Sey­mour 2, J. Fen­som 2, M. Tan­ner Spon­sor Awards: B. Pir­nag, L. Back­house, C. Spencer, J. Tan­ner, M. Tan­ner

Coach’s Awards: J. Andi­son, M. Lavis. An­other team feel­ing the pinch was the Thirds with four of their key play­ers lin­ing up for the Se­niors and call­ing on a hand­ful of U16s to take their place. These younger play­ers all had a part in the Roos’ very com­pet­i­tive start to the game, keep­ing in touch with the Hop­pers, and trail­ing by just the one goal at half time.

The Hop­pers’ more ma­ture and taller bod­ies took con­trol from there on with nine goals to two af­ter the main break. Play­ing real team footy, the Roos worked hard to the very end, re­flect­ing on the char­ac­ter of this de­ter­mined group. Un­der the cir­cum­stances it was a very re­spectable re­sult.

Don’t for­get to sup­port our Award Spon­sors in 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: Thank you to Roger Bradley who com­mits to video­ing games ev­ery week as part of our match re­view process - a wor­thy re­cip­i­ent of this week’s vol­un­teer award.

An en­ter­tain­ing evening for peo­ple of all ages, the ‘Fam­ily Ties and Auc­tion Night’ fea­tur­ing Peter and Paul Hud­son is next up on the events cal­en­dar. En­try is free and will be held at the clu­b­rooms on Satur­day, June 30 fol­low­ing our home game against Wodonga Raiders. $8 meals and af­ford­able re­fresh­ments will be avail­able while mem­o­ra­bilia and lo­cal goods and ser­vices will be up for auc­tion.

The ‘Golden Roos Din­ner’ with guest speaker Boomer Har­vey and hosted by Ge­off Gi­eschen, 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 ‘Kanga Cash Draw’ will be held on Sun­day, July 22. A $50 ticket gives you the op­por­tu­nity to share in $7,000 worth of prizes and pro­vide you with re­fresh­ments and fin­ger food from 12 noon to 4pm. Tick­ets will be on sale soon.

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Corowa Ruther­glen 6.5.41 v North Al­bury 18.12.120

An­gus Ling­ham takes a strong mark dur­ing Corowa Ruther­glen’s con­vinc­ing loss to North Al­bury on Satur­day.

Brent Cor­co­ran takes a mark dur­ing the re­serves game.

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