Roos topple rivals in Classic
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.