The Yass Roos travelled out to Googong to play a home game against the Batemans Bay Seahawks in AFL Canberra’s Sockit2MND Round, where the Roos came away with a 37 point victory in a match riddled by the wind.
Captain Ryan Forlonge lost the toss before the opening bounce, which meant the Roos had the unwelcomed challenge of kicking against the gale-force winds at Rockley Oval.
Nevertheless, the Roos had an impressive first term kicking three goals and only conceding the two, which came from turnovers, likely the result of failing to adjust to the conditions.
The Roos were wasteful of the wind advantage in the second quarter, kicking 2.6 and entering the major break with a 21 point lead; that could’ve very easily been a lot more.
They didn’t trouble the scorers in the third term, but it was arguably the Roos best quarter for the match.
The conditions were at their absolute worst, and the Roos were able to withstand the countless attacks from the Seahawks. They were disciplined in their ball use and outworked their opposition, who only scored the solitary major.
Entering the final break with only a 12-point-lead, there was a sense of calmness in the Roos huddle. They knew their lead, coupled with the conditions now in their favour, was on the verge of being insurmountable.
The fourth term proved to be the most free-flowing of them all, with the Roos having 11 scoring shots and kicking 4.7 to break away to a comfortable 37 point victory.
Sam Williams added another four goals to his season tally to take it to 27, whilst Fraser Cloney kicked three.
Among the best for the Roos were Dominic Johns, Toby Serafin and Steven O’Brien, who played his best game for the season at fullback after his delayed start to the year due to injury.
Despite the win, the Roos have dropped to 3rd on the ladder, behind the ADFA Rams, who had a 76 point win against the Ainslie Tricolours, highlighting just how tight it is at the top of the table.
In other AFL news in the Yass Valley, the Murrumbateman Eagles celebrated their bye week with their inaugural Mid-Season Ball at Casino Canberra.
The ball raised $9000 for Cancer Council ACT, with organisers promising it’d be the first of many mid-season balls for the Eagles moving forward.
The Eagles will play the Molonglo Juggernauts at Kingston Oval. The Roos have a top-four clash against the Southern Cats at Greenway Oval. They could do the Eagles a huge favour by beating the Cats, who are their most significant threat to a top-four finish.