Photo: Yass Roos’ Toby Johns (Brianna O’Rourke)
The Yass Roos recorded an emphatic win over ADFA, taking home a 50-point victory at O’Connor Park over the weekend.
It’s the team’s third win for the season as Yass 14.18 (102) defeated ADFA 6.5 (41).
Coach Jarrad Forlonge said after a slow preseason things are starting to come together for the Roos.
Through four rounds of the Canberra Times Fourth Grade Men’s season, there haven’t been too many surprises so far.
“I don’t think there’s going to be too many easy games and there could be a few upsets along the way,” Jarrad said. “So I think if I’ve picked up anything from the first third of the year is that it’s going to be very even and very hard every week.”
Despite the Roos’ lead in Saturday’s match, the team worked hard for the win against ADFA with a close score at halftime.
“We’re always pretty confident that if we play the way that we’re trying to play that the results will kind of take care of themselves,” he said. “I think that’s pretty much exactly what happened on the weekend.”
“They were a pretty decent team – they were fit, they were fast, they were strong – but we just did what we were supposed to do and what we’ve been trying to do.”
“At the end of it, it looks like we did it easy, but it certainly wasn’t easy out there playing that’s for sure.”
Jarrad credited Yass’ 60-point victory to a process done in increments over the course of the game.
“It did ebb and flow a little bit, but I guess we probably just played a fairly consistent game of footy, and then that just ended up with the margin as wide as it was.”
Some of the Roos’ new faces shined throughout the match with Harrison Kimball hitting three goals in his first game for the club and new recruit Dylan Camac’s skilled performance.
“It was just a pretty consistent performance by the whole team for the whole game of footy.”
“The real standout was the number of contributors we had on the day as opposed to just a couple of blokes who did it all themselves.”
The team’s performance is particularly impressive considering Yass hasn’t had a full set of players each week due to COVID- 19 and injuries.
“I think we’ve had someone missing because of COVID every week now, so we haven’t really had the same set of players in every week, but we just have people that are stepping in and doing their jobs.”
In Round 5 the Yass Roos are set to play the Southern Cats at Kambah on Saturday, May 7 at 12pm.
“They play fairly like us, they’re always really physical,” the coach said. “But regardless of results, I’m pretty much just looking forward to a pretty hard physical game because I don’t think I’ve ever played them where it’s been too one-sided either way.”
“If we do what we’ve been doing last week and against Murrumbateman then, I think we should be in with a red-hot chance at winning, but I guess we’ll just wait and see.”
Meanwhile, the Murrumbateman Eagles had a bye in Round 4 but are heading to Goulburn for a clash against the Swans at 12pm on Saturday, May 7 at Goodhew Park.