Juniors celebrate triumphal return after forfeit

May 16, 2018

AFTER having to forfeit the week before due to lack of numbers, the Rochester Tigers scrapped together 16 players for the Mother’s Day under 16 football clash against Shepparton Notre Maroon.

The Tigers started with plenty of attack, dominating the ball for the opening term.

The pressure was relentless and saw the opening goal to Zac Oaff.

The Tigers were peppering the goals and managed a couple more majors before the quarter time break with goals through Ben Atley and Nathan Kay.

Late in the term, Rory Haisman, who had been prominent early, went down with an ankle injury reducing the home side to fifteen.

Notre Maroon bounced back kicking five goals to three for the second quarter.

Atley kicked the opening goal of the term before Notre kicked back to back goals.

Spencer Cleary slotted a great goal on the run prior to Notre kicking the next three to close the Tigers lead to less than a straight kick.

Adam McPhee stretched the lead before the long break after marking in the pocket and kicking a checkside goal. Tigers up by ten points at the long break.

The third term was all Tigers, from the opening ball up Jarrod Kyne had the ruck tap straight to McPhee who hit up a running Kay for his second.

Back to back goals to Kay after a mark and long goal in a matter of minutes.

With the ball in the Tigers forward line Thomas Clarke applied plenty of physicality to the contest that saw the ball come out to Grant Fuller who snapped a great long goal.

Late goals to Kyne and Atley from set shots had the Tigers out to a seven goal lead going into the last quarter.

Notre had the opening goal of the last term.

A scrappy soccered goal to Fuller again stretched the Tigers lead.

Notre kicked the last couple of goals of the match but it was too little too late.

Big thanks to Zac Oaff, Rory Haisman and Sam Wilson for helping make the numbers.

Final score: Rochester 12.13 (85) defeated Shepparton Notre Maroon 8.6 (54)

Goal Kickers: N. Kay 3, B. Atley 3, G. Fuller 2, Z. Oaff, S. Cleary, J. Kyne, A. McPhee

Best Players: A. McPhee, N. Kay, G. Fuller, B. Atley, J. Kyne, S. Cleary

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