Just as the smell of fresh spring grass starts to fill our nostrils, reality hits home that we don’t have any contenders going into September action this year.
All the same there has been improvement in all grades with the seniors and thirds posting more wins than they have over the past two seasons and the reserves scoring multiple goals in every game.
The football department have already been busy behind the scenes having gained commitment from numerous senior players for next season and the signing of a couple of quality recruits. Over the past couple of seasons we have unfortunately lost a handful of quality young, but experienced, players that headed south to further their education or have a crack at the VFL. This appears less likely for top age players coming out of the thirds next year and player retention looks more promising than in recent times. This gives a real sense that a more competitive outfit will take to the field over the coming years.
Corowa Rutherglen 11.8.74
def by North Albury 18.17.125
Goals: T. Spencer 3, B. Morris 3, J. Lawton, M. McFarland, D. Druce, C. Parker, J. Eyers.
Club Awards: H. Filliponi, J. Schilg, D. Cook, T. Spencer, B. Morris, J. Seymour.
Sponsor Awards: D. Cook, J. Schilg, H. Filliponi, M. Wilson, K. Kuschert, T. Logie.
It was not the start the Roos were looking for when North Albury jumped out of the blocks with the first three goals before Brendon Morris slammed home a running goal to post the Roos’ first.
While the Roos squandered a number of golden opportunities, the Hoppers cashed in and led six goals to two at the first break. Things got a little fiery in the second quarter, but the Roos held their own in all aspects of the game and levelled the scoring with four goals apiece.
The Hoppers had the better of the centre clearances for most of the second half giving their forwards more opportunity to score and making it tough for Roos defenders to continually keep them at bay. After a tight third quarter the game opened up in a high scoring final quarter, but the Roos weren’t able to close the gap that Hoppers had opened up earlier in the game.
Jack Schilg was a shining light with his determination to win the hard ball, while Tyler Spencer and Brendon Morris were dangerous up forward kicking three goals each. Jamie Seymour, Jordan Lavis and Kade Kuschert again combined well deep in defence while Joe Hansen showed some dash through centerfield. Hayden Filliponi, Tyson Logie and Dylan Cook were tireless at the contest as usual.
There’s no doubt that the Roos can play exciting footy in patches and when they back themselves, they look really impressive. Something to focus on next year.
Corowa Rutherglen 2.5.17
def by North Albury 18.23.131
Goals: M. Tanner, S. Montgomery
Sponsor Awards: A. Bartlett, N. Clifton, P. Whyte, Z. Nicholls, M. Tanner
With North Albury needing a win to make the finals, they came out all guns blazing and although our boys stuck to their guns all day, they weren’t quite able to keep the Hoppers grounded.
Adam Bartlett put in another strong performance as did Matt Tanner who doubled up from the thirds once again. Pete Whyte, Nick Clifton and Zac Nicholls were defiant in defence and it was great to see Harley Ralph return from a very long absence.
Very proud of this group to battle through a tough season and we look forward to every player bringing a mate with them next year to bolster our playing group and make every game just that little bit more enjoyable.
Corowa Rutherglen 11.18.84
def Nth Albury 6.4.42
Goals: D. Melksham 3, R. Colston 2, K. Bradtke, J. Tanner, B. Pirnag, M. Fuller, T. Baker, B. Fitzpatrick.
Sponsor Awards: D. Melksham, M. Tanner, K. Bradtke, T. Baker.
Coaches Award: S. Taylor, M. Fuller.
The thirds were 10 points down at half time and with one player sidelined and Kaelen Bradtke on one leg, it looked as though getting back into the game was going to be a tough assignment. But from the start of the third quarter to the final siren, the Roos dominated the game to win by a convincing 42 points. The Roos had four times as many scoring shots and if not for inaccurate kicking could have won by a huge margin.
The influence of Darcy Melksham on the outcome cannot be overstated. Darcy has had a fantastic season in the Under 16s and has become the third Roos player in five years to take out the league’s best and fairest award at that level. But it was the sheer desperation and terrific team footy that was most noticeable. Every player contributed to the victory.
Despite battling against the odds this year, the team has celebrated some terrific wins, with this one the pick of the bunch. The thirds have some real quality bottom age players and Under 16s coming through next year which should hold them in good stead over the coming seasons.
Each week we recognise our Award Sponsors but we now need to focus on our major sponsors who have given enormous support to the ongoing viability of the club, some for many years. Platinum Partners: Andrew Goldman and Francis Transport
Gold Partners: Corowa Plumbtec and Steel Centre, Corowa Super IGA, Gyles Newsagency, Hotel Australia, Joss Group, Mulwala Ski Club, Steeline Roofing Centre and The Hub Automotive.
Silver Partners: Brookes Trucking and Storage, Corowa Bakery, Corowa Gas Supplies, Kell Moore Lawyers, Kilara Group, Miegel’s Pharmacy, Parker Pies, Corowa Signs, Corowa Furnishings and Floors, Complete Bodycraft, Marshall Batteries and Federation Tyrepower
Thank you also to our Bronze Partners and next time you need products or services, please support these sponsors who give so much to the local community.
As the season draws to a close, presentation night is almost upon us. Always entertaining, the event including a meal, slide show and vote count, will be held at the clubrooms commencing at 6pm on Friday, September 7. The entry fee of $20 can be made via the club’s website www.corowarutherglenfnc.com.au and click on the “shop” link or by contacting events coordinator Nicole Griffin. Please make payment by Sunday September 2 for catering purposes.
Corowa Rutherglen will be hosting O&M finals on Sunday and promises to be a substantial fund raiser for the club. Nicole Griffin has gathered together an army of willing volunteers required to run the show and our thanks go to all of you.
There will be a number of board positions becoming vacant for season 2019. Do you have some great ideas that would benefit our club? Would you like to get more involved? If so we would love to speak with you. Please contact one of our executive members in Graham Hosier (President), Ron Robinson (Vice president) or Rowena Black (Secretary).
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