For the first time in 2012 the Aussie Hotel Yass Roos started a game with 22 players. In the end this was the key to the win they secured over Eastlake at the weekend, 11.19(85) to 9.12(66).
It was not a spectacular performance and some commented that a full strength Eastlake team may well have reversed the result but the Roos did enough to secure the points. The inclusion of Dave Brown, Daniel Smith, Cian Ebert and Damian Phillipa had the centre back to near normal. The backline got themselves sorted a bit better and were able to provide some drive up-field.
Eastlake, with only 18 players, was not over-awed and moved the ball about confidently in the opening term. If Eastlake had got more value for their shots at goal, the Roos may well have struggled to get into the match. At quarter time, the score was 3.6(24) to 0.5(5) in Eastlake’s favour. The kicking for goal was not great by both sides which was a bit of a surprise given the reasonably benign conditions, with sunshine and a light breeze.
It was a slow build-up by the Roos. In the second term they started to play more team-based footy while Eastlake still looked efficient with the ball in hand. Half-time had the Roos with their noses in front 3.12(30) to 3.10(28). The Roos held the lead in the second half to the finish but a dogged effort by Eastlake kept them snapping at the heels of the Roos. It never felt like the Roos were safe until the final goal about five minutes before full time.
Goal scorers were Doug Watchorn (6), Daniel Poidevin(3), and Shane Lees and Cian Ebert one each. Player’s Player Darren Pfeiffer delivered well from the backline all day. Other notable contributors for the Roos were Ryan Laughton and Ben McCallum. The Roos now sit in fifth spot on the ladder, one game out of the top four made up of ANU, ADFA, Belconnen and Cootamundra.
Another Sunday game faces the Roos this week, with a tough match against Belconnen at Jamison Oval. The match gets underway at 1pm and it would be great to see the same 22 out there again to continue the good work started last weekend.
On the social scene Snow White and Ronald McDonald were the costume winners on Saturday night. A bit of trivia and dancing helped pass a pleasant evening celebrating with the Roos at the Australian Hotel. The ROOS theme brought out an interesting crowd, with Snoopy, Reverend Tom, Red Riding Hood, The Red Wiggle, Superwoman and an Oompah-Loompah just some of the characters who enjoyed the evening.
Don’t forget the Roos 100 Club Raffle still has tickets available from the Aussie. One hundred tickets at $100 each for a $3000 first prize, $500 second and several smaller money prizes make this an attractive raffle to be in. All ticket holders will be special guests at the raffle draw on August 3.
Get along on Sunday to support the Roos at Jamison.
Go the Roos!