Roos hitting their stride

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Foot­ball GIR­GARRE made it back-to-back wins with a 79-point thump­ing of Vi­o­let Town on Satur­day.

Any mo­men­tum Vi­o­let Town took from its close loss against Lan­caster last weekend was quickly halted as the Roos kicked five unan­swered first-term goals to lead 35-0.

Vi­o­let Town at­tempted to work its way back into the con­test in the sec­ond quar­ter, boot­ing two ma­jors and keep­ing the Roos goal­less.

But Gir­garre came out with a vengeance af­ter half time, kick­ing 10 goals to one in the sec­ond half.

Se­nior coach Shan­non Tucker was at his in­flu­en­tial best, kick­ing three goals in a dom­i­nant dis­play.

Jake Hy­land — who must be a favourite for the best and fairest — con­tin­ued his strong sea­son, while Ash Hughes and Cal­lum Tucker played well.

Jack­son Neville booted three ma­jors and Phillip Hazel­man helped him­self to two.

Gir­garre should con­tinue its win­ning form next week when it faces a strug­gling Rush­worth.

Net­ball GIR­GARRE proved its met­tle last weekend, steam­rolling an un­sus­pect­ing Vi­o­let Town 63-26.

The round three re­match gave the Roos the chance to show the Town­ers what they’ve been work­ing on in the past weeks and Gig coach Chloe Ka­vanagh said it was good to have a healthy mar­gin.

“We weren’t sure how much we could win by but we were hoping to im­prove on last time. And I be­lieve we got our high­est score of the sea­son,” Ka­vanagh said.

Jac Ga­han was a weapon in goals and earned best on for the weekend with Ka­vanagh say­ing she pulled out all the party tricks as well as main­tain­ing con­sis­tency through­out the game.

It was a spe­cial weekend for Dani Jones who cel­e­brated a be­lated 150th game with a cake for 151 games.

Jones worked well on court with Jac­inta Tur­goose, and Kylie Bat­tle turned it on in the mid­court de­spite hav­ing her work cut out for her.

“Our tim­ing was on point, it was a great team ef­fort and there was a lot of good talk on the court,” Ka­vanagh said.

This week the Roos have a bye be­fore go­ing to Rush­worth where Ka­vanagh hopes to come away with a con­fi­dence-boost­ing win.

“We’re turn­ing it up be­fore com­ing up against Mer­rigum, we’ll be get­ting ev­ery­thing in place (against Rush­worth) and hope­fully we can have a bet­ter match with Mer­rigum com­pared to round seven,” Ka­vanagh said.


Foot­ball MER­RIGUM had it all its own way from the open­ing bounce on Satur­day, crush­ing Rush­worth by 105 points. The Bull­dogs’ dom­i­nance was on dis­play in the first term as they booted 5.5 to open up a 28-point lead at the first break.

Another four in the sec­ond quar­ter and the Dogs had bro­ken out to a 44-point lead by half time.

If Rush­worth thought most of the da­m­age was al­ready done, they were wrong.

The Dogs came out and kicked 11 sec­ond-half goals to take the win­ning mar­gin into three fig­ures.

Josh Smith kicked five goals to take his sea­son tally to 34, which puts him in­side the top 10 goal kick­ers in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Dogs had 10 dif­fer­ent play­ers kick a goal on the day, with Tris­tan Fitzsim­mons help­ing him­self to four and Jake Parkin­son, Rhys Buck­tin and Ja­cob Ches­sells all kick­ing two.

Mer­rigum will face Lan­caster next week in a must-win game if it is to stay in touch with the top five.

Net­ball MER­RIGUM clinched a four-goal win against Rush­worth for its sev­enth suc­cess of the sea­son.

With fi­nals out of the equa­tion, Louise Richards’ squad over­came a de­ter­mined Tigers team vy­ing to se­cure a rare win, with the coach at the fore­front of the tri­umph.

Richards moved her­self from goal keeper into goal de­fence for the sec­ond half, al­low­ing her to give di­rec­tion from the cen­tre third and help her side move past Rush­worth’s zones.

With the Bull­dogs of­ten fall­ing vic­tim to a third-quar­ter drop off, Richards paired Holly Mad­dock with Jaymee Framp­ton in the shoot­ing cir­cle.

‘‘I thought the changes did work and re­duced the slump, but I would have liked to pull away more than we did,’’ Richards said.

‘‘They (Rush­worth) did come back quite strong in the last quar­ter and we lost a few op­por­tu­ni­ties for con­vert­ing some of our goals and they made use of the turnovers.’’

But Richards praised the con­sis­tent work of Alan­nah Scopel­liti in the mid­court.

‘‘She played re­ally, re­ally well and has im­proved as the sea­son has gone on in re­la­tion to get­ting rid of the cen­tre pass a lot quicker,’’ she said.

Along with im­prov­ing shoot­ing ac­cu­racy, Richards wants to fo­cus on de­fen­sive ef­forts for the rest of the sea­son.

‘‘We may not make fi­nals, but at least we can still work on those things lead­ing into next sea­son, we’re hoping to keep a few of the girls with a young team and hope­fully pick up a goalie or two,’’ she said.


Foot­ball DE­SPITE some in­ac­cu­rate kick­ing, Stan­hope still man­aged a com­fort­able win over Un­dera on Satur­day.

Stan­hope had 39 scor­ing shots to Un­dera’s nine, but with only 14.25 to show from it missed out on a po­ten­tial per­cent­age boost.

The worst of the kick­ing came in the fi­nal term — where Stan­hope

kicked 1.9 — but thank­fully for them, the game was al­ready iced.

Af­ter jump­ing out to a 29-point quar­ter-time lead, Stan­hope’s mo­men­tum was slowed by Un­dera as it crawled its way back into the game to bring the deficit back to 15 points by the main break.

But the half-time rest gave Stan­hope the time to re­set, and it came out and blew Un­dera out of the game in a dom­i­nant third term.

By the fi­nal siren it was the Stan­hope boys by 70 points, keep­ing them hot on the heels of lad­der-lead­ers Tal­ly­ga­roopna. Cobey Ayns­ley, Jack Young, Ryan Em­mett and Thomas Hep­burn all kicked mul­ti­ple goals for Stan­hope, while Stu­art Trevena and Daniel Brock dom­i­nated.

Net­ball POISED to be a hotly con­tested match, the Un­dera-Stan­hope clash proved any­thing but, with the Li­ons com­ing away vic­to­ri­ous, 28-81.

Coach Ker­rie Gray said the re­sult came as a shock to her girls, who were ready for a bat­tle from the first whis­tle.

“It was a re­ally good win and a sur­pris­ing win for us be­cause we only beat them by eight goals in round three,” Gray said.

“I was ner­vous this might be a tough game for us so we were keen to get go­ing early in the piece.”

Best on went to Emily Uhe in goals and Jam Young for her work through the mid­court.

“Emily played a re­ally clever brand of net­ball and Jam just kept feed­ing the ball to goalers for those con­ver­sions,” Gray said.

Liv Qu­at­troc­chi also got the nod from Gray for her de­vel­op­ment, com­ing up to A grade and play­ing a solid three quar­ters.

“It was a good team ef­fort last week and we’re all look­ing for­ward to the bye this week,” Gray said.

Af­ter the break, the Li­ons face up to Ard­mona and then host Vi­o­let Town, which should be two com­fort­able wins for the side.

“We’re just look­ing to keep the mo­men­tum we’ve worked on last week and push our­selves for a solid fi­nals per­for­mance,” Gray said.

Kylie Bat­tle im­pressed in the mid­court for Gir­garre.

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