The Free Press (Corowa)
A quick start from the Raiders put the young Roos on the back foot early and some solid scrapping from Harry Webb and Emmett Northey helped to keep the goals out.
The boys found their rhythm and pushed forward in numbers, pressuring the Raiders defensive line, though a lapse in concentration led to a Raiders goal against the run of play late in the quarter.
Some strong work in the forward 50 early in the second term helped the confidence and strong marking from the freshly unbroken Max Delamere opened up a number of opportunities in front of goal. However, slotting the goal proved difficult.
A solid tackle and free kick to Emmett Northey saw the first maximum and a second to Franklin Murray Wright a minute later seemed to settle the nerves.
Eli Lavis was tracking from end-to-end, marking and tackling like a machine, working with Lachie Ireland to keep the ball in the forward 50. When the hooter sounded for half time, the boys held a narrow 11-point lead.
Coach Patto urged the boys to maintain pressure, and some positional changes had an immediate impact with Eli Lavis slotting the Roo’s third goal.
A celebrity appearance from Mrs Bailey seemed to spur the boys on, keen to show off their skills to the school principal and some strong tackling from Rippon Buller and Josh Hunter paved the way for a clear run at goal from Lachie Ireland, striking the ball cleanly for a maximum.
A third for the quarter came soon afterwards from the boot of Hayden Moore who, while staying strong in the tackle, was able to dribble the ball through the big sticks.
Will Forrest and Hudson Kuschert held strong through the centrre, working off