The last time the Roos and Wangaratta Magpies met, the Roos went down by just two points in an absolute thriller.
But the Roos’ line-up on that day looked vastly different from last Saturday’s, and the difference in the scoreboard reflected just that, with the Roos going down to the Magpies by more than 100 points.
The Magpies got off to a flying start with the ball spending the majority of its time in their half and if not for the impressive display by Jack Schilg in defence and Will Robinson on ball, the difference could have been even greater.
On the brighter side, it was great to see Jordan Lavis back on the track after an extended period out of the game due to injury.
Jordan also slotted the first goal for the Roos late in the quarter.
The second quarter was much of the same with the Magpies having the result stitched up by half time.
The Roos were much more competitive after the long break and matched the Magpies both in general play and on the scoreboard in the third quarter.
Key playmakers in Brent Rose and Jim Lawton instrumental in the revival, Lawton finishing with four goals for the game.
Hayden Filliponi, Fletcher Stewart and Kade Kuschert also put in solid performances for most of the game.
But the final quarter belonged to Wangaratta as they wore down the young Roos outfit.
Despite the significant margin in the scores there were some very entertaining passages of play from both sides.
The only way is up for the Roos in 2018.
Although the club will probably lose a few of the younger players heading off for tertiary studies, there is talk around the club that a number of past players are considering a return to the fold.
Couple that with a new coaching panel already appointed, the recruiting panel busily doing their thing, a number of key players returning from season-ending injuries and a fine group of up-and-coming players from the junior ranks, the signs are positive for the upcoming season and beyond.
Score: Corowa-Rutherglen 8.4.52 defeated by Wangaratta 28.11.179.
Goals: J. Lawton (4), H. Ralph, F. Stewart, J. Lavis, H. Filliponi (1).
Awards: B. Rose (Club 1), J. Lawton (Club 2), W. Robinson (Club 3), H. Filliponi (Chocolate Factory 1) J. Schilg (Brunch & Lunch), F. Stewart (Chocolate Factory 2).
It’s that time of year when the club recognises the season’s high achievers, in all grades of football and netball, at the annual vote count and presentation night this Friday night.
The evening kicks off at 6.30pm at John Foord Oval.
A limited number of tickets at $20 each are still available at Origin Clothing.
A huge thank you to every player, supporter and sponsors that have stuck with the club through what has been a very trying season.
Special thanks to the team of coaches over the past two seasons.
Terry Burgess (seniors), Rob Black (reserves), Joe Hansen and Beau Schilg (thirds), have been tireless in their efforts through thick and thin.
And to the core group of players that fronted up week after week, be proud of your loyalty.
The club certainly is.
Volunteers of the week
Jeff Smith and Anthony Carroll (better known as Ram and Psycho) have been wiping the frost off the entrance gates, to welcome players and supporters, at every home game for a number of years. Deserved recipients of this week’s Kinross Woolshed Volunteer Awards - hope they enjoy their dining experience. Good job fellas.
Wangaratta 15.14.94 defeated Corowa-Rutherglen 6.7.43.
The sun was out and crowd numbers were up for the last game of the year for the under 18 Roos side.
The Roos came out firing in the first quarter and had goals on the board to Jimmy, Mitch and Jed. The Roos were getting the ball out of the centre and some good tackling kept the team’s hopes alive but the Magpies were too strong and fast in defence.
In the second quarter Kane kicked a goal, Mac in the third and Jimmy in the fourth quarter but the Roos needed more goals to stay in the game.
There were great displays of beautiful marking, ruckwork, team work and unselfish play.
Thanks to Jed, Tyler, Daniel, Kane, Jimmy, Jesse, Mac, Josh, John, Taylor, Brad, Andrew, Alex, Cameron, Kieran, Will for all your efforts and commitment to the club this year.
Thank you to all the players who filled in and thanks to coaches Beau and Joe, Pud, Keith and Mick and parent helpers who have supported this group of talented players.
Awards: Ricky D’s - Jed Griffin; Guy St Store - Jimmy Hanrahan; Sportspower - Kane Mills; Ladies Committee - Josh Tidd; Coaches Award to Andrew Corrigan and Mitch Scott.