Corowa Rutherglen went up against Wangaratta Magpies in what was thought to be a genuine opportunity to notch up their first win for the season last weekend.
The Roos started in reasonable fashion and trailed by just two goals at the first break but were outplayed for the remainder of the day eventuating in a resounding win for the Maggies.
Roos stalwart Lee Schmidt led the players on to the ground in celebration of his 100th game.
He went on to take out the Club 1 award, not just for his match performance but also for the inspiring leadership he displayed on the day.
Bill Hansen (Club 2) was again in fine form and is proving to be a very consistent midfielder at senior level.
Jay O’Donoghue (Club 3) and Jack Bates, playing his best game this year, both put in quality four-quarter performances.
Vice-captain Jimmy Svarc (two goals) and Joel Barkley worked hard to lift the side, but with the loss of Captain Hayden Filliponi in the first quarter and Jy Lane later in the game, a tired looking Roos struggled in the second half.
Will Robinson and Jordan Lavis also stood out at times, but too much was left to too few against a livelier Maggies outfit.
It’s not often opposition players are mentioned in Corowa Rutherglen’s press report, but when the smallest player on the field kicks an amazing 11 goals, it’s impossible to ignore.
Wang Maggies young gun Joey Richards was unstoppable as he gathered possessions at will deep in attack and made the most of every opportunity, drawing the admiration of players and supporters from both clubs.
The injury plagued Roos can rest up this week due to a general bye before they take on Myrtleford on May 29.
This game has been re-fixtured as a Sunday clash as the WorkSafe Victoria match of the round which will include special events and a luncheon on the day.
More information will be provided next week.
Corowa Rutherglen 7.3.45 def by Wang Magpies 29.17.191.
Goals: L Schmidt, J Svarc (2), S Turvey, B Hansen, J Lavis, J Lane (1).
Awards: L Schmidt (Club 1), B Hansen (Club 2), J O’Donoghue (Club 3), J Bates (Brunch and Lunch), J Barkley (Chocolate Factory), W Robinson (Newmarket Hotel).
Injuries have also hit the Reserves team hard this year, but every week the group of players that take to the field give it everything they’ve got.
A highlight for the day was when the evergreen Brett Goyne doubled his possessions for the year in this one game to take home the Chocolate Factory award.
Ryan Clohessy (Club 1) worked tirelessly in the ruck while Matt Witherden repelled countless Wangaratta attacks.
Sam Keating and Mitch O’Brien displayed some genuine talent while Rob Carnovale used his outside pace to effect.
Also worth mentioning were Mitch Lord, Gus Robbins, Josh Oster and Pete Whyte who contested strongly all day.
Lincoln Ash and Bryn Kingston also had their moments.
The Roos may have been blown away on the scoreboard, but maintained the respect of their team mates and their supporters.
Corowa Rutherglen 2.1.13 def by Wang Magpies 28.11.179.
Goals: B Kingston, J Oster (1).
Awards: R Clohessy (Club 1), M Witherden (Club 2), S Keating (Club 3), M Lord (Hotel Australia), R Carnovale (Newmarket Hotel), Brett Goyne (Chocolate Factory).
Before the start of play, the two teams appeared to be fairly evenly matched and that’s how it panned out for the first half with the scores all tied up at the main break.
The second half was a different story however with the Maggies piling on ten goals to the Roos solitary major.
Too many goals gifted to the opposition, five of which eventuating from kick-ins from behinds. Something for the boys to work on if they want to notch a second win for the season next match against Myrtleford.
Despite the disappointing result there were still some fine performances on the day.
Matt Wilson (2 goals), Fletcher Stewart and Kane Mills were instrumental in the Roos good first half performance and continued to contribute all day. Jed Griffen, Darcy Collins, Harley Ralph and Kieran Mair could also hold their heads high.
Dylan Cornell, Tyler Spencer and Jac Holmes consistently perform well, this week was no exception.
Corowa Rutherglen 4.7.31 def by Wang Magpies 13.13.91.
Goals: M Wilson (2), M O’Neill, J Holmes (1).
Awards: K Mair (Border Natural Therapies), D Cornell (Origin Clothing), D Murphy (Stewart’s Automotive), K Mills (Ricky D’s), J Holmes (Ladies Committee), T Spencer (Ladies Committee, M Wilson (Sportspower).
Roos News - A framed certificate of appreciation was presented to Trevor Kuschert on Saturday night for his tireless volunteer work around the club over many years.
Trev is not only the head trainer at the club, he does a lot of work behind the scenes as well.
For those of you that like to warm up in front of the fire on training nights and match days, say thank you to Trev.
After each home game the club has a draw for a lucky Golden Roo members which had jackpotted to $1,000.
This week club president Graham Hosier was in attendance when his number came out.
Despite raucous, yet well-intended, calls for a re-draw, the hard working Graham was all smiles when he collected the cash.
Kiwi is a well-deserved winner and the club hope he enjoys his win.
So for all you Golden Roos, be in the clubrooms after the next home game for your chance to collect.
Best of luck to Roos players representing the O&M in Warrnambool next week.
Jack Schilg, Jordan Lavis, Bill Hansen and Jay O’Donoghue have been selected in the final U19s squad.
The senior squad which includes Hayden Filliponi and Jim Svarc will be finalised on Wednesday.
Tickets are still available for the car/boat raffle with first prize valued at $14,000.
Call 0418 422 688 or purchase one at the club on training nights or at the can bar on home games.
Please note that there is a change of venue for the Queen’s Birthday Weekend clash on Saturday, June 11.
The Roos will be taking on Wodonga Bulldogs in Rutherglen.
Corowa and Rutherglen have taken on this initiative to forge a tighter relationship between the towns that share their names in the combine.
It’s also an opportunity to lift crowd numbers with Rutherglen having a bye and thousands in town for the Winery Walkabout.