Roos bounce into season 2017

Written by Row Hancock

Clarence have got their 2017 campaign off to a perfect start, with a 33-point victory over the Tigers in muddy conditions at Blundstone Arena, on Sunday afternoon.

Coming off a round one bye, the Roos were quick to add their name to the winners list, running out the superior side in difficult conditions. The Tigers put up a fight in a physical and often scrappy encounter but the Roos found another gear late in the game to run away with the win.

Clean possession was difficult to come by in the opening quarter of the game; a slippery surface in addition to constant, immense pressure from both sides ensuring frequent hacks out of packs. As the conditions eased up, goals became far more frequent for both sides with 23 majors piled on after quarter time.

The Tigers were able to hit the lead briefly early in the third quarter and looked to have the momentum coming out of the half before an instant response from the Roos saw the hosts reclaim the ascendency.  The Roos kicked away in the final term to find some breathing space and ensure a first up win.

Despite going down, Mitch Walker and Tyler Carter kept the Tigers in the contest for the majority of the game, backing up their brilliant start to the season with three goals apiece.

Sam Siggins may be in for a big 2017, he played a leading hand in his new role in the ruck and booted two crucial goals, while the returning Jackson O’Brien settled back in nicely, racking up the football and providing a lively goal threat. Jake Cox also found plenty of the footy in the clinches. But it was largely a team effort for Clarence, with 12 separate goal kickers contributing to the win. Clarence playing coach, Jeromey Webberley, was pleased with the performance, praising his team’s versatility and the wide range of contributions.

“It’s probably a strength of our team,” Webberley said.

“Going forward we’ve got a number of guys who can play a number of positions, including up forward, so we become really hard to play against once we get the ball in there.”

While it was a strong performance against a Clarence outfit that has been hyped up as a contender Tigers coach Aaron Vince was far from content, aware of the chance his side had to win the game. Vince, suggesting the game may have been one that got away.

“The boys are extremely disappointed,” Vince said.

“I thought we had an opportunity there to get a win. We had a good period in the third quarter – we got ourselves in front and then we just slacked off a little bit towards the end of that third quarter.”

The Tigers will now come against Hobart City at Twin Ovals on Good Friday, while the Roos will face fierce rivals Lauderdale back at Blundstone Arena next Saturday, in what is guaranteed to be a hotly contested match.

“It’s always a big game versus Lauderdale, we have to be right on our game,” Webberley said.

“If we give the same sort of effort we got today, we’ll be in the contest.”


Round 2 – 09/04/2017

Clarence                                3.3,  6.4,  12.9,  16.11  (107)

Tigers                                  1.4,  4.7,  9.7,  11.8  (74)

GOALS, Clarence :
I. Callinan 2, J. O’Brien 2, M. Blackburn 2, B. Hay 2, S. Siggins 2, K. Howlett 1,
J. Harper 1, J. Cox 1, M. Ling 1, Z. Mastrocola 1, L. Murfitt-Cowen 1

Tigers :
T. Carter 3, M. Walker 3, J. Lister 1, C. Nield 1, B. Batchelor 1, J. Pearce 1,
T. Hughes 1

BEST, Clarence :
S. Siggins, K. Wylie, M. Fisher, B. Jones, J. Cox, J. O’Brien

Tigers :
S. Rice, M. Walker, J. Lister, T. Carter, W. Cleeland, C. Nield