A glorious sunny day greeted us last time out as we faced Gidgey in a do or die first semi-final. The early start brought a change in routine and the boys were keen to impress in front of a big contingent of our supporters.
Elf and Mick made way for Jarrad and Rhys in what was going to be a major test for the young Roos, two weeks earlier we had lost narrowly and our best was needed if we were to get the job done.
A torrid start as the both teams were eager to gain the early ascendency, lots of pressure meant lots of mistakes and neither team could take advantage of their opportunities. Gidgey struck first before we finally found the goals, Kizza marking strongly and kicked truly to have it one goal apiece at the first change.
Some subtle changes in the second as we worked to improve our game, Tank and Jakey started to find the ball but again it was Gidgey who kicked the first of the quarter before we began to come to life. Two goals apiece to Kizza and Jake with Tyson and Mikey chiming in and we had a handy four goal lead at the main break.
The third quarter belonged Dev down back, Jesse on the wing and Aussie up forward as we piled on the pressure. Dev took a screamer to set the tone, Jesse provided the run forward and Austin took advantage with three for the quarter.
A late skirmish had Callum sent from the ground along with two of his mates from Gidgey, one with a red card gone for the day they would be one player down for most of the last quarter, we had a big lead going in to the last.
The last quarter and the game was in our keeping, Dylan Larsen was running as hard as he was at the start and Lindsey and Mikey had their chance to step up and take advantage. Lindsey kicked four with Mikey three for the quarter and when Rhys kicked the last of the game after some hard running from Gaz we had blown the game apart to win by thirteen goals.
Lindsey and Mikey five each on the day, Tyson, Austin and Kizza three apiece, Jakey two and Rhys one on the day. Tank stood out with Jakey close behind, Kizza found his form third best with Dylan Larsen rounding out the top four. Dev picked up the Mr Magic award for his good game, Lindsey and Musto picking up the peepshow awards in what was a great team effort on the day.
Today’s preliminary final against a Cougars team smarting after their loss to Pickering Brook, a massive prize to the winner in another do or die game. We must raise our game again if we are to be a chance, take every opportunity and play our best and never give up.
Carn the Roos!