A tough assignment for the young Roos as we took on the undefeated Pickering Brook. Several changes with Zac and Pants making way for Marty, Nick, Lindsey and Dave Ryan who was back for his first game in 18 months!
Kizza took the coin toss in his 150th game for the club, well done on getting to your milestone and congratulations on gaining Life Membership.
Both teams were eager to start well, and Jesse continued where he finished against Swanview, getting plenty of it on his wing. Tristan in his second game for the club was providing an option across half forward and Tyson capitalised to kick his first of the afternoon before heading to the bench with a dodgy hammy. Turnovers in the wrong spot helped Pickers to open their account and it was a point the difference at the first break.
We kicked the first couple in the second both to Tyson who was hobbling deep forward on one leg, as Pickers began to find their range, turnovers again costing us dearly.
The backline was working overtime with Andy backing back into a pack, putting his body on the line to save a certain goal and the late inclusion Nick running hard driving the ball deep into our half forwards, two points the difference at the half.
With limited rotations in the midfield we started to drop off the pace in the third as Pickers began to run over the top of us, our effort had dropped, and we couldn’t run both ways.
Our backline began to feel the pinch and we were turning the ball over in critical positions directly resulting in goals, a couple of strong marks and a goal to the Hawk were the only real highlights for the quarter and it was going to be hard to win form four goals down at the last change.
Ryno had seen enough early in the last and it was time for a bit of a wrestle on the ground, Ethan helping out tried dragged his opponent of him before realising Ryno wouldn’t let him go, first game back and first scrap!
Goals to Blake, Dave and Rory in the last couldn’t bridge the gap and it was Pickers by five goals on what was a disappointing day for the young Roos, plenty to learn and much to improve on if we are to get closer next time round.
Nick our best on the day for his dash down back, Jesse second for his game on the wing, Luke third best his use of the ball above all else on the day with Dev rounding out the top four for his courage and desperation, Tristan took home Mr Magic Car Wash and Ryno received the Peep Show award for his impact on the day.
Tyson on one leg kicked four for the day, Tristan two, Rory, Dave, Blake and Keefy one a piece.
An opportunity this week to play under lights at Gidgegannup, fresh faces in means opportunities to improve, we must do if we are to win.
Carn the Roos!