Photo: Assistant Coach Jarrad Forlonge and Lachie Gillam

The Yass Roos 21.18 (144) defeated the Ainslie Tricolours 6.1 (37) on Saturday, June 4 at Cootamundra in Round 9 of the Canberra Times Fourth Grade competition.

Assistant Coach Jarrad Forlonge said the Roos would take the wins where they could get them at the moment while the team is down on troops.

The Roos only had 18 players on Saturday, after several were unable to make it to Cootamundra for the game and a few off with injuries.

Yass is currently sitting in the top four on the ladder with six wins and three losses.

“I probably just want us to be a bit more consistent going into the back half of the year, especially when we have to play teams like Murrumbateman and ANU,” he said. “We need to be a bit more consistent if we want to try and win the comp.”

“We need to keep turning up and just try to be consistent.”

It was the team’s only game in Cootamundra this season and off the back of training being cancelled due to the closure of the ovals in the Yass Valley after some wet weather conditions.

Young Cian Ebert was awarded Players Player, after just his second game with the Yass Roos.

“A pretty massive achievement for a young 20-something, who’s just come in and played his second game of AFL ever and managed to take away our best player award,” Jarrad said. “It’s pretty cool to see one of these young kids develop so fast.”

Since training was cancelled, Cian has yet to even train with the team.

“So credit to him for just being a good listener, a quick learner and just going out and being a tough competitor.”

The Roos will hopefully be able to get back to training on Thursday night before the competition takes a break over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Yass will be back for Round 10 on June 18 at 2pm in a home game at Joe O’Connor Park against the Batemans Bay Seahawks.

It will mark the Roos Indigenous Round with specially designed uniforms, a welcome to country address and a smoking ceremony before the game. The new jerseys feature a maroon and yellow dot painting design with a kangaroo across the abdomen and back.

Brianna O’Rourke