An unknown quantity awaited as the Roos faced the Bushrangers in our final home game for the year. A few unfamiliar faces for the opposition as they called on some past players to help them field a team, anything to get a game for four points was the thoughts of the boys.
Jake, Nick, Andy, DJ, Crash and Lindsey, made way for Michael, Kizza, Chook, Lachlan, Rhys and Jesse. The game started with sixteen a side a first for the year and something we were going to need to come to terms very quickly.
We quickly found a competitive Bushrangers outfit who were eager to take it up to us at every chance. Their fill-ins were stretching us, the regulars were lifting alongside them and at the first change it was three goals apiece and the coach had plenty to think about.
A better start by the Roos in the second as the captain took control in the middle. Gaz and Dylan began to follow suit and Tyson and Austin took full advantage of the better play further up the field, Tys with three goals for the quarter.
Waggs thought he would get in on the act chiming in with two for the quarter, Luke and Marty dominating across half back, we had kicked seven to one and we were out to a six-goal lead at the half.
Parky had the breeze in the third and again piled on the pressure, some of the fill-ins put the clamps on Tys and Aus and the boys had to work hard to keep it even. Musto started to relish his time on the wing, Lachie found himself in unfamiliar territory down back and we turned for home with a seven-goal break.
The lack of numbers for Parky began to show in the last with the younger legs of the Roos standing up, Cal and Micko kicked early goals, Tyson and Aus sealed the deal and we were home by ten goals in the end. Austin six, Tyson five, Mikey and Waggs two a piece with singles to Pepper, Callum and Micko.
On the day none were better than Tank with Austin close behind, Gaz continued with his fine form to be third best, Callum showed great run on the day fourth, Lukey rounding out the top five for his ball use across half back and Marty picked up the peepshow award doing everything the coaches asked for.
Some mentions on the day, Dev had a ball tearing clearance in the middle his best kick of the day only for it to be the wrong way, LG took boundary umpiring to a whole new level, Jakey even whilst not playing still managed to find his way into the middle and onto the massage table, Nick clearly not happy with sitting out, drove everyone on the bench mad with his umpiring advice, the only saving grace he was telling us and not Lindsay in the middle!
A big game today against Gidgie as we look to finish up the regular season with a win, continued improvement and a four-quarter effort a must if we are to bring home the points.
Carn the Roos!