THE Under 12 team travelled to Echuca United football ground battle a strong United team.
Right from the start the speed and intensity of the game was up from previous weeks, with the pressure around the footy intense.
The opposition drove the ball forward time after time, but the young Rochester backline held up magnificently with Hunter Wileman at fullback playing a magnificent game and teaming up well with Hunter was Charlie Palmer and Darby Wileman across halfback.
Rochester moved the ball quickly from centre to deep forward with clean ball movement.
A clever tap from Nate Rasmussen, who also played a great game, set up Braydee Hutchins who snapped brilliantly for the team’s first goal.
Declan Pearse also provided a great option across half forward throughout the first half.
In the second, Blake Roulston attacked the football with great aggression and his dash off halfback was huge for the team and Reed Hocking started to come into the game with some great work around the clearances and Jagger Thomas continues to improve as his confidence grows.
Zac Wileman began to get his hands on the ball and moved the ball forward quickly at all times and Noah Martin continued to run in straight lines at the ball and took anyone out that got in his way.
At half time the boys held a slender lead.
Jai Milligan did some great work in the ruck and his run around the ground helped the team to move the ball very quickly from halfback.
At three quarter time the Rochy boys led by three points and a win would put them into the top four.
A great goal to Noah O’Sullivan, who looked dangerous up forward all night was followed by a long bomb from Darby Wileman to put the team in front by two goals.
The United team was able to peg one back but the young Tigers were not going to let this one slip taking out the win.
The boys have training off this week and then play SGR in Girgaree on Sunday morning at 10am.
Tatura scored the first point before Rochester under 16s took the ball to the other end and from a boundary throw in Jack Oogjes tapped the ball to the advantage of Hugh Hamilton who snapped across his body for the opening goal.
From the restart, play went end to end several times before the Bulldogs slotted another major, but the rest of the quarter belonged to the Tigers.
Locking the ball in the forward fifty Broden Evans was able to link up with Charlie Ryan who got the ball on to Hugh Hamilton who unselfishly gave the ball over the top to Nash Hocking for a goal.
Straight out of the centre Hamilton went long to full forward where Hocking kicked his second in a matter of a minutes.
Three consecutive behinds from set shots could have given the Tigers a substantial lead at quarter time and Hugh Hamilton snapped his second goal to close out the term.
Tatura came out full of fight in the second term, kicking the opening goal and dominating the ball early.
With Fraser Cleary off with a bloody nose the Tigers backline was under plenty of pressure; Rory Haisman had his hands full with the Bulldogs full forward but won plenty of contested ball to limit Tatura’s attack.
Rebounding off halfback the Tigers quickly had the ball in their forward 50 where Gus Martin kicked the goal.
Brad Warner was showing plenty of pace, Kyle Waters with Evans and Ryan were in everything, Oogjes and Hocking marked strongly in the forward line and it was Oogjes who took a strong contested mark from a kick in, played on and kicked the Tigers sixth.
The Bulldogs closed out the quarter kicking two late goals to be within four points at the long break.
Beaten by pace out the back of a stoppage Tatura had the opening goal of the quarter, but the Tigers had the next three scores, all behinds, before Tatura went end to end for the second goal of the term and the lead.
Rochester wasn’t playing pretty football, unable to get clean possession, and it took a soccer goal to Tom Clarke to get the Tigers first major for the quarter.
Hocking had his third goal from a free kick, Clarke was the beneficiary of a free paid down the ground, taking a shot from directly in front but missing.
Grant Fuller won a contested ball on the wing going forward with pace to see Spencer Clearing marking in the pocket before popping it over to Oogjes who marked in front and kicked his second.
The final quarter was all Rochester, Fraser Cleary and Brad Warner providing plenty of drive off half back.
With Sam Wilson and Zack Oaff attacking the ball and opposition the Tigers stopped Tatura having any penetration through half forward.
The Tigers had their first goal of the term when Fraser Cleary ran the ball out of defence going long to Hocking at centre half forward who tapped the ball to the advantage of Hugh Hamilton.
A quick give and go to Spencer Cleary saw Hamilton tackled, but able to get the handball off to Rueben Hooper who had snuck down forward and slotted the goal.
Martin had his second goal after taking an intercept mark and then receiving a 50m penalty when a Bulldogs player ran across the mark.
Oogjes had his third from a great clearance by Warner who won the contested ball, ran hard and kicked long to the goal square.
Rochester Tigers 12.18 (90) defeated Tatura Bulldogs 8.5 (53).
Rochester goals: N. Hocking 3, J. Oogjes 3, H. Hamilton 2, A. Martin 2, T. Clarke, R. Hooper.
Awards: Rochester Caltex, Tom Clarke; Pizza Hut Shepparton, Rory Haisman; Paul Evans Welding, Hugh Hamilton; Rochester Family Caravan Park, Nash Hocking; Paramount Cinema, Kyle Waters; Sportspower Rochester, Grant Fuller; Rochester Wine Tavern and Wilson Family, Jack Oogjes; Ward Bros. Boundary Umpires, Charlie Peacock and Noah Martin.