Big day at John Foord Oval soured by injuries

By Corowa Free Press

It’s always a big day at John Foord Oval when the Roos take on Yarrawonga for the ‘Rumble on the River’. 

But it was a tough day for the seniors and reserves sides, both struck down with close to a dozen injuries between them.  A number of them may be long-term and some injuries were to key recruits. 

As with recent tradition the junior football topped and tailed the usual three games of footy with the U14s starting before the Thirds and the U16s playing a twilight game after the seniors. 

It was a very long, but entertaining, day for footy tragics.  Congratulations to the U12s playing at Ball Park and the U16s who were both victorious.


Corowa Rutherglen 3.11.29 defeated by Yarrawonga 10.20.80

Not only were injuries of a major concern to the Roos, but a score line of 0.11 from sixteen shots at three quarter time soured the day even further. 

But at least they didn’t surrender, outscoring the Pigeons by three goals to one in the last term, only to go down by 51 points at the final siren.

Again the backline stood strong restricting the perennial finals’ contender to just ten goals in perfect conditions. 

Tim Brook, playing his first game for the club was in great form in the first half before being struck down with a leg injury. 

Jarred Lane again reinforced what an important pickup he has been for the Roos ruck department while Andrew Pretto put in a four-quarter display of class and composure.

There were moments during the game when the Roos look dangerous in attack especially when Joe Hansen and Tyler Spencer took on the opposition with dashes through the centre and driving the ball deep into attack. 

The Roos were finally rewarded when Leigh Schulz goaled from a set shot early in the last. 

That goal seems to put some spark in the Roos who went on to play their best quarter of the game.

The late withdrawal of Cody Parker and a nasty leg injury to assistant coach Rohan Davies at training last Thursday further depleted the Roos, but it did provide an opportunity for Billy Raggett to make his debut.

The Roos take on Wang Rovers away next week and if they can find a way to lock the ball in their forward line and move it out of defence, we can look forward to pushing them all the way.

Goals: A. Pretto, L. Schulz, J. Lane

Sponsor Awards: J. Lane, A. Pretto, J. Hansen, D. Cook, A. Wallis


Corowa Rutherglen 2.2.14 defeated by 

Yarrawonga 12.15.87

Although the Roos looked competitive in general play, getting the ball deep into attack proved difficult. Also heavily affected by injury, the boys battled manfully and had a number of very good players with Matt Wilson leading the way.

Beau Damm, James and Pete Whyte got plenty of the footy and worked tirelessly for the blue and white. 

Luke Kuschert and John Conroy were diligent in their defence and made the Pigeons forwards earn every opportunity to score. 

Joe Ferguson and Harley Ralph also put in solid performances.

Goals: J. Montgomery, B. Damm.

Sponsor Awards: M. Wilson, B. Damm, J. Conroy, P. Whyte, J. Tanner, L. Kuschert.


Corowa Rutherglen 11.7.73 defeated Yarrawonga 8.8.56

Fantastic game by the Thirds who looked winners from the first bounce to the last when they downed Yarrawonga by seventeen points. 

There was a lot of discussion amongst the supporters about the last time the Roos have defeated the Pigeons who have been for many, many years, very strong at this level. 

The Pigeons challenged the Roos on a number of occasions but the boys stood strong in a great game of footy.

Cal Spencer led the way for the Roos with a great performance capped off with four goals. 

The Roos were slick with their ball use and hard at the footy for four quarters. 

Darcy Melksham opened the scoring for the Roos with a clever left foot snap but all the forwards looked dangerous throughout the game. 

Jacob Beveridge was the most influential big man on the ground ably supported by Tom Collier. 

The two Baileys, Pirnag and Minogue, were unstoppable while Kaelen Bradtke, Braden Mclean and Jack Jennings received awards.

Can’t finish this report without a mention to Roger Bradtke who was bowled over while goal umpiring. 

Roger was cartwheeled before jumping to his feet to signal a goal. 

Great Stuff Roger.
Goals: C. Spencer 4, A. McFarland 2, D. Melksham 2, D. Clancy, M. Lavis, R. Black.
Sponsor Awards: B. Pirnag, K. Bradtke, B. Minogue, J. Eyers, T. Collier.
Coach’s Award: B. Mclean.
Springer’s Award: J. Jennings.

Awards’ Sponsors: 

Thank you to generous Award’s Sponsors that have jumped on board for season 2019: Corowa Golf Club, Hotel Australia, Newmarket Hotel, Border Natural Therapies, Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate Factory, Soden’s Hotel, Origin Clothing, Doc Yarrum, Urban Graze, Sportspower and very own Canteen Committee.

Roos News

A new rustic look to the clubrooms with a number of wine barrels serving as bar tables. 

Patrons appreciated considerable more space to place their beverages in a convivial atmosphere.

The Events Calendar has been released and includes an array of entertainment with something for everybody kicking off with a Family Trivia Night on April 20. 

The month of May will be busy with our Black Tie Ball on the 4th, Mothers’ Day Dinner on May 9 and Mystery Bus Tour from Myrtleford on May 11. 

More news on other events to come.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Facebook (, Instagram (@crfnc_roos) and at our website 

It was great to see a fantastic turnout for the jumper/skirt presentation held last Thursday. 

The rooms were jam-packed with over 130 meals served on the night. 

Great job by those in the kitchen and a promise of many a big crowd in the rooms on selection nights.

The Past Players Thursday night barbecue was well attended as with last year. 

So those that haven’t had the pleasure be reminded it is held every Thursday evening prior to home games. 

Just another callout to anyone that would like to get more involved and bring fresh ideas that would benefit our club; there is a vacancy on our Board. 

Please contact one of our executive members in Graham Hosier (President), Craig Spencer (Vice President) or Rowena Black (Secretary/Treasurer) if you would like to join.