After a heartbreaking four point loss last week, expectations were the Roos would take it up to top-three contenders Lavington Panthers on their home turf.
Unfortunately the Roos seemed to have lost the spark to attack the corridor that was evident against Wang Rovers last week.
The more mature and experienced Panthers used their forward press to great effect, locking the ball into their attacking zone for the majority of the game.
Even when the Roos did manage to break the lines, inefficiency going forward led to costly turnovers.
Jack Bates, Joel Barkley and Matt Wilson put in solid performances in the first half while Jay O’Donoghue, in his usual fashion, got plenty of the ball.
Unfortunately, Jay received a heavy knock just before half time and was unable to take any further part in the game.
John Robinson and Sean Turvey were also sidelined leaving the Roos without the luxury of rotations for most of the second half.
This eventually took its toll on the Roos brave young midfielders who were out on their feet come the final siren.
Once again Kade Kuschert was strong down back and Will Robinson was a valuable contributor in the ruck.
Jack Schilg, Tyson Logie and Jordan Lavis got more involved in the second half while Hayden Filliponi (Club 1) and Jimmy Svarc battled it out to the bitter end.
Bill Hansen was the highest possession getter for the second week running, the majority from lead-up marks or getting his head over the ball.
Next week the Roos take on Wangaratta Magpies at John Foord Oval with the Thirds starting at 10am, the Reserves at midday and the Seniors at 2pm.
Let’s keep the support going for the last game before the interleague bye when the O&M take on the Hampden League in Warrnambool.
Corowa Rutherglen 3.9.27 def by Lavington 26.23.179.
Goals: T. Logie, J Svarc, J O’Donoghue (1).
Awards: Hayden Filliponi (Club 1), K Kuschert (Club 2), J Svarc (Club 3), W Robinson (Brunch and Lunch), J Barkley (Newmarket Hotel).
Buoyed by the return of Matt Witherden, the boys were up and about early with Mitch Godde posting the first goal of the game.
That only seemed to sting Lavi into action however, kicking the next six goals for the quarter and dominating the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.
The Roos did manage another goal in the second quarter through Matt Clifton, making it the Roos highest score for a couple of weeks.
Crippled by more injuries and a couple of players unavailable, the Roos had to call on a number of Thirds players to double up, and a couple of fill-ins from Lavington to field a side.
Hat’s off to Lavi for their good sportsmanship.
Brock Kusen only knows one way and that’s to hit the ball and his opponents full on.
Unfortunately Brock was slam-dunked into the cricket pitch area of the ground in the second quarter, unable to return to the field.
Brother Nash played another impressive game and was ably assisted by Josh Oster and Will Maclean. Mitch O’Brien (Club 1) was terrific all day while Mitch Lord and Lincoln Ash continue to grow as footballers.
It was good to see Robbie Carnovale back in the team but the loss of talent through Nathan Thomas, injured, and Sam Keating, unavailable, was telling.
With the possibility of a number of players returning next week, the team looks forward to a better result. Keep up the good fight fellas.
Corowa Rutherglen 2.2.14 def by Lavington 29.20.194.
Goals: M Godde, M Clifton (1).
Awards: M O’Brien (Club 1), J Oster (Club 2), N Kusen (Club 3), M Witherden (Hotel Australia), M Lord (Newmarket Hotel), W Maclean (Chocolate Factory).
Up against the undefeated Panthers the Roos had a huge task ahead of them.
This didn’t seem to faze them however as they fought out the game in a spirited performance.
The back line was under constant fire in the first half, but they held strong containing Lavi to just four goals at the sixteen minute mark of the second quarter.
As luck would have it, Lavi piled on three goals in the final four minutes to make the scoreboard more lopsided than general play appeared.
Dylan Cornell put in another solid performance, especially with his aerial contests.
Starting down back, Dylan was moved forward in the second half and scored a couple of majors from strong contested marks.
Tyler Spencer showed plenty of dash, Kane Mills was frenetic at the contest while Jed Griffen gives no quarter – and asks for none in return.
Darcy Collins racked up plenty of possessions and used the ball well.
Nick Kershaw and Kieran Mair were rocks in defence and continually set up play further afield. Fletcher Stewart was back in the team after two weeks on the sidelines and his penetrating kicks were a welcome return.
Nash Kusen applied pressure all over the ground and created a couple of turnovers that resulted in goals for the Roos.
Bryn Kingston is growing in confidence and pulled down a couple of great grabs.
The Roos managed to goal in every quarter, which is something that has been missing in previous weeks.
A good four quarter effort, punctuated by a few short periods of lack of concentration.
Wang Maggies await next week, a gettable opponent.
Corowa Rutherglen 7.4.46 def by Lavington 16.16.112.
Goals: T Spencer, D Cornell, K Mills (2), J Griffin (1).
Awards: K Mills (Border Natural Therapies), D Cornell (Origin Clothing), T Spencer (Stewart’s Automotive), J Griffen (Ricky D’s), D Collins (Ladies Committee), N Kershaw (Ladies Committee, K Mair (Sportspower).
A reminder the Past Players and Associates will be conducting a free sausage sizzle this Thursday night and every Thursday night leading up to home games.
Enjoy the atmosphere and some refreshments as players go through their paces at training.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to win a car or boat valued at $14,000.
A limited number of $100 tickets also entitles you to refreshments and finger food on the day of the draw, Sunday, June 19.
Tickets are available at the can bar on home games, training nights or by calling 0418 422 688.