Roos top­ple ri­vals in Clas­sic

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

The Roos’ B Grade net­ball side won the grand fi­nal in this year’s Al­bury In­door Net­ball Swans Clas­sic tour­na­ment held over the week­end.

Played at Lau­ren Jack­son Sports Cen­tre on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, the B Grade side, made up of mostly Corowa Ruther­glen play­ers, was too strong for their Mel­bourne-based op­po­nents, Sharks, win­ning the game 18-9.

The Swan Clas­sic tour­na­ment is played round-robin style over two days, with each side play­ing around 12 games not in­clud­ing fi­nals. There were 50 teams en­tered this year.

While the rules are the ex­act same, the matches con­sisted of two seven-minute halves with no break in be­tween.

The Roos had 42 play­ers rep­re­sent­ing them this year with three open teams (B, C and D Grade) and two ju­nior teams, called the Roos Rook­ies. The Roos teams were made up of 50-60 per cent Corowa Ruther­glen play­ers with a mix of play­ers from other sur­round­ing leagues in the area.

Corowa Ruther­glen net­ball iden­tity Ge­orgie Bruce or­gan­ised this year’s teams and said it’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to keep the girls min­gling over the off-sea­son.

“We’re ob­vi­ously all ad­dicted to net­ball, so we love be­ing in­volved in the tour­na­ment,” she said.

“It’s also about sup­port­ing our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. It’s a good op­por­tu­nity for other girls to come and play with us, just for ev­ery­one to come to­gether and play as one team.”

It was the third time since Ms Bruce has been as­so­ci­ated with Corowa Ruther­glen that they’ve brought home the tro­phy. The C Grade side this year also made the semi fi­nal.

“For a club that’s been strug­gling in re­cent years, to win these com­pe­ti­tions is re­ally good and it’s a nice feel-good mo­ment for the girls who stick to­gether and have their hard work pay off,” Ms Bruce said.

Roos at­tacker Grace Se­nior was named most valu­able player.

The B Grade Roos were crowned cham­pi­ons af­ter win­ning the Swan Clas­sic grand fi­nal on Sun­day.

The Roos Rook­ies didn’t make fi­nals but were very com­pet­i­tive through­out the two-day tour­na­ment.

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