Some important inclusions for Corowa Rutherglen in Jordan Lavis, Will Chandler, Cody Kuschert and James Lawton signaled that the Roos would be able to take it up to the Lavington Panthers with some added firepower.
That’s the way it panned out in the first quarter, and had it not been for better use of the ball going into attack, the Roos could have led by a couple of goals. But unfortunately the away team trailed by eight points at the first break.
With their superior running game, Lavington got on top from there on scoring 10 goals to three for the remainder of the game. Lavis, Jack Schilg, Kade Kuschert and Jamie Seymour were outstanding down back, but unlike the Panthers, finding an easy avenue out of defence and into attack proved troublesome for the Roos.
A couple of late withdrawals meant a last minute call up for Kaelen Bradtke, who had already help set up a victory for the thirds, plus the loss of Matt Wilson to injury very early in the game added to the degree of difficulty for the Roos.
Also without a known ruckman, the Roos relied on Kaelen and Cody Kuschert to carry the burden. Cody put in a supreme effort on his return to senior footy after a lengthy recovery from knee surgery last year.
Despite all the controversy surrounding James Lawton, and a surprise return to the club by some, he showed how valuable a player he can be. From limited opportunities and constantly against two opponents, Lawton kicked three goals and had a hand in a couple of others. You could tell by the response when he goaled that Lawton’s return was popular with his team mates. We look forward to seeing him play out the season in the blue and white.
Besides a number of really strong individual performances, too much was left to too few in combatting the Panthers’ hard running game and slick ball movement. It was an important win for Lavington that keeps them firmly seated in the top five, while the Roos now sit ninth on the ladder and prepare to tackle the second-place Wangaratta this Saturday.
Corowa Rutherglen 6.6.42 v Lavington 14.21.105
GOALS: J. Lawton 3, J. Griffin, M. McFarland, W. Chandler.
CLUB AWARDS: J. Lavis, B. Morris, D. Cook, C. Kuschert, T. Logie.
SPONSOR AWARDS: B. Morris, K. Kuschert, J. Schilg, H. Filliponi, C. Kuschert, T. Logie, J. Seymour (Circuit Sports Bar).
Corowa Rutherglen 4.7.31v Lavington 22.16.148
Goals: B. Spencer 2, B. Fitzpatrick, B. Corcoran.
Sponsor Awards: S. Lavis, T. Cole, B. Cooper, Z. Nicholls, J, Eyers, S. Lavis (Circuit Sports Bar).
With Lavington having it all their own way it wasn’t until midway through the second quarter when Under 18s coach Brent Corcoran booted the Roos’ first.
The Roos seemed to play with more freedom in the second half adding three goals, two of which from the boot of Blake Spencer who also had an award-winning game in the Thirds.
Overall, it was a pretty good performance against an opposition that sits midway on the ladder.
Coming to the club as senior assistant coaches, Marc Almond and brothers Joel and Scott Montgomery have proven to be a great asset to the Roos by also pulling on the boots when needed, and putting their natural talents on display.
The Roos were missing a number of handy regulars, in particular John Robinson and Adam Bartlett, and relied on Lavington to provide a couple of top-up players. Thanks to the Panthers for their sportsmanship.
Corowa Rutherglen 15.10.100 v Lavington 4.4.28
Goals: D. Melksham 4, K. Bradtke 3, J. Eyers 3, B. Fitzpatrick 2, C. Spencer, T. Baker, J. Fensom.
Sponsor Awards: J. Eyers, B. Pirnag, D. Melksham, J. Schnelle, C. Spencer.
Coaches Awards: M. Fuller, T. Baker.
The Roos notched up their first ton for the season easily accounting for the Panthers by 72 points. Darcy Melksham topped the goal kicking with four, followed closely by Kaelen Bradtke and Jordan Eyers with three apiece.
But it was team pressure and unselfish play that set up scoring opportunities for others to capitalise on.
The overwhelming result was in stark contrast to when these two teams last met. On that occasion, scoreboard confusion at the final siren showed Lavington winning by one point, which then changed to a draw as the players left the ground. Official scores then revealed that Corowa Rutherglen had got up by a solitary behind.
This time, there was a real fluency to the Roos game as they got off to a flyer kicking six goals to nil in the first quarter and never looked back. The Panthers successfully shut the game down in the second quarter, outscoring the Roos by two goals to one.
In a game that started in dense fog and slippery conditions, the Roos were prepared to work hard for their mates and keep the ball moving at all costs, and as the mist lifted from the ground and the sun appeared after half time, the Roos could sniff a percentage booster.
Continuing on their merry way, the Roos booted a further eight goals to two in the second half to post an emphatic win.
A number of key players returned from injury or from the senior team and it demonstrates we have some real talent at junior ranks set to become terrific Roos players of the future.
With the Bulldogs and North Albury sitting just above the Roos, wins against these sides could see the Roos jump to sixth by season’s end.
Thank you to our generous Awards’ Sponsors Urban Graze, The Hub Automotive, Newmarket Hotel, Corowa Golf Club, Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate Factory, Border Natural Therapies, Hotel Australia, Origin Clothing, Doc Yarrum, Guy Street Store, Sportspower and the Club’s very own Ladies Committee Canteen.
Urban Graze Volunteer Award: Darrell Bush was a deserved recipient of this week’s volunteer for coming in from CDHBU and stepping up to the plate for the day.
The greatly anticipated “Golden Roos Dinner” with guest speaker Boomer Harvey and hosted by Geoff Gieschen is upon us will be held at the clubrooms this Wednesday evening, July 18.
Also at the clubrooms just a few days later, this Sunday, July 22 is our super “Kanga Cash Draw”. $50 entry gives you the chance to share in $7,000 cash with refreshments and finger food from 12 noon to 4pm included in the cost of the ticket. Tickets can be purchased from players, board members or at the club on Thursday night. Depending on availability, last minute tickets may also be available on Sunday. Check out club news and announcements on Facebook (fb.com/crfnc), Instagram (@crfnc_roos) and at our website www.corowarutherglenfnc.com.au.