Roos Wrap – Rnd 6, 2017

Roos Wrap

A big test for the Roos this week as we take on last year’s premiers.  A massive opportunity for our young side after a below par effort last week. Gidgegannup on their dung hill is has proposed many challenges for our team over the past few years – all of which we have not been able to come to terms with.  Here’s hoping for a change this weekend.

In last week’s game we found out exactly why Chidlow were unbeaten this year as they showed the young Roos just far they still had to go.  Jake Vitler, Dylan McGuiness), Elf (Mat Elkington, Lochy Fitzpatrick and Jonesy (Matt Jones) made way for Tank (Tom Cowton), Kizza (Kieron Lipman) and Crash (Tom Preston).

We started well with a real desire to tackle hard.  We kicked the first through Tyson (Hamling) and the next through Reece (Nikkison). We were struggling to keep a lid on the Chidlow midfield though and they quickly hit back setting up quick goals to get back on top. Four goals to three at the first break.

Maitland (Bol) did his best to find out what the opposition were talking about in their huddle as he had a quick chat with the Chidlow coach during the break.   Chidlow started where they left off kicking two quick goals to start the second quarter and our backline were under siege.  We were fumbling and turning the ball over regularly and couldn’t hold a tackle to save ourselves.  Some hard work from Tank and Shaggy (James Hartley) to kick goals got us back into the game somewhat but when Chidlow kicked their third for the quarter on the stroke of half time we were two goals behind. We had lost Dev (Borstel) to injury before the break it was going to take a big effort from the midfield in the second half.

The boys were late getting back onto the oval after the break and, to be honest, it looked like we might as well have stayed in the change rooms even longer… as Chidlow kept on kicking quick goals. Despite the best efforts of Rhino (Dave Ryan), Maitland and Chook (Dylan O’Loghlen) in the backline, Chidlow kicked five for the quarter with Shaggy kicking one loan late goal to have us six goals behind at the last change.

Some challenges were delivered in the huddle at the break and it seemed to have an affect with Mick (Italiano) and Reece finding the ball across half forward and show some fight. Mick kicking two for the quarter a highlight – the result of some good team play. We couldn’t get two in a row though to put pressure on Chidlow and despite outscoring them for the quarter, it was all to no avail with a five goal loss the disappointing result. A reality check for our boys and a reminder that despite a lot of hard work, you still need to take your chances when they come.  We learnt a lot and will be better for the loss.

Two goals apiece to Shaggy, Tank and Mick, with singles to Tyson, Reece, Lindsay (Vitler) and Seppa (Joe Cowton).  Tank our best in his game back from holidays and a deserving winner of the Cellarbrations at Mundaring Best on Ground award. Rhino was a close second for his defensive pressure and run from the backline and Maitland came in third for his efforts against a rampaging Buz.  Chook kept the second McKinlay quiet for the day and received fourth best for his efforts and Jessie picked up the Mr Magic Carwash for his clean ball handling on the wing.  Stuart Roger gets a mention this week as he picked up the peepshow award for his hard work in the forward line however he needs to work on his speeches as the only person who knew what the heck he was talking about was Seppa… and that’s saying something.

A big effort from the Roos required this week as injuries to some create opportunities for others.  Assistant coach, Paul Greig in charge this week as the coach goes missing for a week.  (Thanks for your help Firey.  It is much appreciated)


Go Roos!