The IMPERIAL HOTEL ROOSTERS kept their winning form going with a 104 point win over the Wyong Lakes Magpies on Saturday. It wasn’t quite the hit out that they had been expecting against the Magpies, who had performed well up until then and underlined how far ahead of the competition the Roosters are in their division. Still, a week’s a long time in footy and despite a strong start to the season, there’s no room for complacency.
The hosts started strongly with the midfield and backline dominating possession but decision making and delivery forward were not as precise as it needed to be. Mark Roser set the standard for commitment for the ball, Gabe Smith and Sam Brasington used their run and skill to create opportunities, whilst Dick Wilkes and Travis Coulson were in complete control across half back.
During the 2nd term, the Roosters continued to control the contested ball and the forward structure started to find some space but the team fell into bad habits with disposal continually undoing their hard efforts by coughing the ball up. Brasington was unstoppable up forward with hard leads and strong contested marks, whilst Alex Mitchell and Taz Roser worked into the game nicely with their commitment to run hard and create.
For the remainder of the match, the Roosters continued to outplay their opponents at the contested ball but their ball use, especially kicking efficiency, let them down too frequently. Mark Roser, Alex Mitchell, Gabe Smith and Sam Brasington were unmatched and ran amok all over the park, the ruck combination of Lloyd “Magic” Blaxland and Tom Colleary wore down their opponents all day giving the Roosters first use of the pill, Taz Roser continued his rapid development by playing strongly in a number of positions over the day and Travis Coulson’s drive and leadership off half back was invaluable. The lowlight for the day was a hamstring injury sustained by captain Dick Wilkes in the third quarter after a dominant display across half back in the first half. Hopefully he won’t spend too much time on the sidelines.
Coach Tim Hare again stressed that the Roosters’ game is still nowhere near where it needs to be if they are to be a genuine Premier grade contender. The boys must continue to challenge themselves in all areas of the game and the best way to do this is to get to training regularly and push their skills and fitness.
Although once again it was a team effort with better players on the day Mark Roser, Alex Mitchell, Sam Brasington, Taz Roser, Gabe Smith and Travis Coulson. This week the Roosters travel for the first time this season, and that factor alone throws up a new challenge.
Results: Q1 Q2 Q3 Final
Singleton 5.3 10.6 15.9 18.12-120
Wyong Lakes 0.0 2.1 2.3 2.4-16
Goals: A. Mitchell 6, V. Roser 3, M. Phillips 3, S. Brasington 2, J. Walmsley, L. Davis, B. Hicks & S. Moffatt 1 each
Best: M. Roser, A. Mitchell, S. Brasington, V. Roser, G. Smith, T. Coulson.
The Singleton Roosters Reserve grade played at home against Newcastle City on the weekend. Led out with high hopes for the match by captain Chris Faulder, the Roosters showed the lack of numbers to training going down in the heartbreaking last seconds of the match by a meager 3 points. In a scrappy match, and despite the disappointing end result, there were some positives, with Daniel Palmoski and Braden Winsor hitting the contest hard and some great running plays from Riley Small, Alex Moore and Colm Hand. Paul Chandler showed his class in the lower grade along with veteran Brendan Dullaghan, whose experience and football brain did the job in the backline. Clayton Fraser proved to be as reliable as ever with some great work in defense before being put up forward and contributed well.
Disappointingly, even though on paper it was the best team fielded thus far, overall it was probably the worst the Roosters have played all season as a team and the boys just didn’t want to push back and be accountable in defense and do the hard things as a unit to earn the win. They had plenty of chances to lock away their first victory for the year, however, their unwillingness to “gel” as a team ahead of playing for themselves proved costly in the end and we can only hope that the strong numbers of available players will eventually result in a better team performance. They will need to be a whole lot better when they take on 3rd placed Warners Bay in a chance to salvage some pride.
Results: Q1 Q2 Q3 Final
Singleton 2.1 3.5 4.7 6.11-47
Newcastle City 2.2 3.3 4.7 7.8-50
Goals: C. Fraser 2, A. Moore, M. Harrod, P. Chandler, A. Pugliese 1 each
Best: P. Chandler, C. Fraser, B. Dullaghan, R. Small, C. Hand, A. Moore
This week the Roosters are away to Terrigal Avoca in 1st Division and home to Warners Bay in 2nd Division.
Match day times: 1st Division 12noon at Hylton Moore Oval, 2nd Division 12noon at Rose Point Park