Photo: Yass Roos Coach Dom Johns

The Yass Roos further secured their position in the top four after defeating the Goulburn Swans 9.12.66 to 8.7.55 last Saturday, July 9 at Joe O’Connor Park in Round 13 of the Canberra Times Fourth Grade competition.

Yass Roos Club President and Assistant Coach Jarrad Forlonge said it was a scrappy game at times but turned out to be a good win in the end.

“We definitely made it pretty hard for ourselves,” he said. “We probably didn’t play to the same level as we did the week before, which was a little bit disappointing.”

Goulburn gave it their all playing the match like they were trying to make the finals Jarrad added.

“They played really well, and I guess we did enough to win, but it would have been nice to play a little bit better.”

But a win’s a win and the Roos midfielders took the cake on the day, particularly Macauly Harvie. Darcy Paine won Player’s Player on Satur- day’s match, playing probably his best game of the year so far.

Both fullback Steve O’Brien and forward Harrison Kimball also played a great game with Harrison scoring three goals throughout the match.

“There are still probably a few things that we’d like to tidy up before we go into finals,” Jarrad said. “But I think we’re all pretty confident that when we’re all fit and healthy and available, we’ve got a team that’s good enough to beat anyone.”

The Roos have a bye next week followed by a highly anticipated match against the Murrumbateman Eagles. Yass will have the home ground advantage at Joe O’Connor Park on Saturday, July 23 at 2:00pm.

The two rival teams are neck and neck at the top of the ladder heading into the finals.

“[With] the season that Murrumbateman are having right now, it’d be really nice to beat them leading into finals.”

“We know we can beat them,” Jarrad said. “No doubt they’re going to be better than when we played them [in Round 3] but we’re pretty confident that we’re better than when we played them as well.”

The highly-anticipated match will be the second last round before the semis and also marks the Yass Roos Pink Day.

The Roos are raising funds for Yass Valley Can Assist, the local cancer assistance network, by wearing specially designed pink jerseys and providing donation buckets at the canteen. This is the team’s sixth year holding a Pink Day and in the past, the Roos usually raise around $2,000.

Brianna O’Rourke