Myrtleford hosted Corowa Rutherglen on Sunday in the Worksafe Victoria Match of the Month.
The day included a number of activities, the main event being the luncheon attended by 210 people.
Guest speakers included the legendary David Parkin and North Melbourne’s 250 gamer Michael Firrito.
The Roos contingent that attended the event thoroughly enjoyed it, unfortunately the rest of the day did not pan out the way they would have liked.
Myrtleford was able to take advantage of the VFL bye by bringing in three players to face the inexperienced Corowa Rutherglen outfit.
Although the Roos were still in touch at half time, down by just 17 points, the more mature Saints outfit took complete control of the game from there on to post a convincing ninety-five point victory.
Despite the disappointing loss, the Roos did show some glimpses of really good footy.
Jordan Lavis added to his highlight reel with a couple of dashing runs to goal.
Jack Schilg, now getting more time in the midfield, gathered a stack of possessions and used them to great effect.
Brady Johnson lifted from his form slump to put in his best performance of the year while Jim Svarc had another solid performance and is getting more consistent by the week.
Jack Bates is another in that category who is growing in confidence in his marking ability.
Lee Schmidt again featured in the awards for his four quarters of never-say-die efforts at the contest.
Jay O’Donoghue and Kade Kuschert, although not at their best, were still valuable contributors. Fletcher Stewart was elevated from the thirds to be the thirteenth debutant for the seniors this year.
Fletch added some outside run and good ball use to the team and should be well pleased with his performance.
The Roos take on The Hoppers at North Albury next Saturday as we enter the second half of the season.
If the Roos can put together four quarters of good footy, they are a real chance of taking home their first four points of the season.
On another note, the club extends hearty congratulations to Ryan Garthwaite who has been selected in the Allies squad for the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.
Ryan is not only a talented footballer, but is also a very likable young man.
Although the club would love to have Ryan still playing in the blue and white stripes, it would be great to see him take his game to the highest level.
Corowa Rutherglen 6.7.43 def by Myrtleford 20.18.138.
Goals: J Lavis, J Svarc (2), L Schmidt, B Johnson (1).
Awards: (Club 1) J Schilg, (Club 2) B Johnson, (Club 3) J Svarc, F Stewart (Brunch and Lunch), L Schmidt (Chocolate Factory).
The Reserves fielded a reasonably strong side which included a couple of new faces, the most noticeable being Nick Hynes.
Nick, who looks a handy player, kicked two of the team’s four goals and took home an award for his contribution.
The Saints, obviously strengthened by senior players dropping back to the reserves, were never threatened by the Roos and finished the game comfortable winners.
Usual suspects in Josh Oster, Pete Whyte, Mitch Lord, Matt Witherden and Rob Carnovale were solid for most of the day while Brock Kusen and Joel Murphy, both back from injury and Lincoln Ash were also noticeable.
Corowa Rutherglen 4.6.30 def by Myrtleford 13.10.88.
Goals: N Hynes (2), B Kusen, L Ash (1).
Awards: J Oster, (Club 1) P Whyte, (Club 2), M Lord (Club 3), N Hynes (Hotel Australia), M Witherden (Newmarket Hotel), R Carnovale (Chocolate Factory).
This was a genuine opportunity for the thirds to add to their victory tally, especially with the inclusion of James Hanrahan, Andrew Phibbs and Tom Webb from CDBHU on permit.
James and Andrew in particular were very strong performers on the day.
Apart from the Saints taking advantage of a more open and more effective forward line, the first half was a fairly even contest with the Roos trailing by a gettable twenty-one points.
With a number of changes to their line-up on a weekly basis, the team is struggling to implement a system that allows for easy scoring off the back of good performances further up the field.
This became more evident as the game continued with the Roos only able to score four goals for the game and going down by thirty-two points at the final siren.
Kane Mills was a dynamo all day racking up hard ball gets at will.
Dylan Cornell again put his aerial skills on display while Matt Wilson, Nash Kusen and Darcy Collins put in solid performances.
Dan Murphy, Jy Goyne and Mitch O’Neill are the big improvers for the year while Jac Holmes continually impresses with his ruck and clearance work.
Corowa Rutherglen 4.6.30 def by Myrtleford 9.8.62.
Awards: A Phibbs (Border Natural Therapies), K Mills (Stewart’s Automotive), D Murphy (Ricky D’s), M Wilson (Guy Street Store), D Cornell (Ladies Committee), J Hanrahan (Sportspower).
Mary Hanrahan is this week’s recipient of the Kinross Woolshed Volunteers Award.
You can see Mary parading the boundary line each week, with camera at the ready to capture snapshots of the days’ events.
This year’s Golden Roo Dinner will be held on June 27 and will feature the highly entertaining Billy Brownless as guest speaker.
It’s not too late for supporters to sign on as a Golden Roo which provides a number of other benefits including the chance to win the lucky member’s draw held in the rooms following each home game.
Time is running short to buy a ticket for the car/boat raffle to be drawn on June 19.
First prize is valued at $14000 and ticket holders can enjoy free food and refreshments on the day of the draw.
Call 0418 422 655 or purchase one at the club on training nights or on game day.
A further reminder that the Queen’s Birthday Weekend clash on Saturday, June 11 against Wodonga Bulldogs will be played at Rutherglen.