Our last home and away game of the year last time out as we faced Gidgegannup on hot and sunny day at their home ground. Jake, Nick, Lindsey and Luke Grieg came back in for Beavo, Jarrad, Rhys, Jack Greig and Waggs. A tough game on the cards as both teams were eager for a win going in to finals.
Gidgie were quick out of the blocks kicking the first couple with the Roos fighting back through Austin and Lindsey to get back even. In what was to be a common theme to the game Gidgie kicked ahead again only for us to fight back, we were turning the ball over regularly leading to goals for the opposition. Late goals to Mick Italiano and Lachy Nichol got us four for the quarter but we were down by a goal at the first change.
More of the same in the second as both teams continued to slug it out, we were getting smoked in the middle of the ground but our backline was hanging tough. Luke and Nick were linking up well but we weren’t finding anyone in the forward line to capitalise. We kicked a heap of points before Jakey took charge and when Lachie got busy to kick his second for the game were down by eight points at the main change.
Some challenges to address at the main break with both sides feeling the heat of the day and that of the game, we needed to improve if we were to get up. Again, Gidgie kicked the first for the quarter before Cal decided to step up, two cracking running goals keeping us in the hunt and when Lindsey kicked his second for the game it was back to a six-point margin at the last change.
The last quarter was on and it was the home team who gained the ascendency kicking the first two before Kizza kicked a good crumbing goal to bring us back to life. Gidgie responded quickly before a nasty head knock to one of their players brought the game to a halt.
We needed three goals to win, young Lachie chimed in with his third for the game and when Nick goaled from long range as we rolled the dice we were down by three points only seconds to go in the game. It was all to no avail as the siren rang, Gigdgie winners by three points.
Nick, Callum, Luke, Tank, Dylan and Dev our best players on the day with Lachie taking home the peepshow award for his three goals. Lindsey and Cal two goals apiece, singles to Mick, Jake, Austin and Kizza.
The equation is simple today win and we progress, lose and its mothballs for the year. A big opportunity for us to show how far we have come, play our best football and we know we will be in the hunt, no excuses today let’s earn the right to play again next week.
Carn the Roos!