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EFFECTIVELY, North Ballarat Roosters had to win. No alternative.
So much was at stake – primarily to keep the Roosters’ season alive, but also to bounce back from a shocker at Box Hill a fortnight ago, and to fittingly honour captain Marc Greig in his 200th senior Victorian Football League match.

And all as a curtain-raiser to an AFL clash between Geelong and Greater Western Sydney at Simonds Stadium.

The Selkirk Roosters replied with a dominant 24-point win against the Cats.

Struggling North Melbourne forward Lindsay Thomas booted six goals, putting his steady goal-kicking repertoire on display with exciting snaps from the pack, lobs in from the boundary and sailing in set shots.

Roosters coach Gerard FitzGerald said his players had to make this win count.

That was to stay focused in a club bye this week and carry momentum forward.

“What we’ve got to do now is grit our teeth, roll up the sleeves and stop this up-and-down form,” FitzGerald said.

“As we’ve been saying for a while, our best footy is a good brand of footy ... after the game our players reflected on what they’ve done since the Box Hill game and we’re satisfied with the training and preparation we’ve done.

“But we need to keep doing that.”

After an even start to the match, Geelong took control with five unanswered goals, including four in the last 10 minutes of the term.

The Roosters regrouped at quarter-time, showed determination, and hit back hard in a nine-goal to three second quarter.

A big, booming kick from Lachie George from outside 50 metres sparked the first of eight goals straight to the Roosters as they dominated with free-flowing play on the wide open ground in the Cattery.

Thomas kicked three majors in the blitz and had four goals to half-time.

The Roosters locked down play in the second half.

Onballer Myles Sewell led the Roosters’ charge in high-pressure stoppages.

Leading into the game, the Roosters focused on restricting the opposition’s ability to win the ball and limiting opposition effectiveness with the ball.

The effects of this were evident in the Roosters’ tenacity in tackles, chase and stranglehold in the third quarter in which four goals were kicked – three by the Roosters, including two from Bill Driscoll.

Play was halted for about four minutes early in the quarter when returning Cat Daniel Menzel was stretchered off with a serious knee injury.

The Cats missed some late chances to chip back leading into the final break before the Roosters made another surge with the opening three goals of the fourth, kicking towards the demolished Doug Wade Stand.

Cats Allen Christiansen was stretchered off mid-way through the term with concussion but the quarter was cut short at 29 minutes, 30 seconds, due to time constraints for the AFL.

FitzGerald said that from the second quarter on, the Roosters played well and played a great defensive game.

This must continue, if they are to break into a tight top-eight, when the Roosters return to Eureka Stadium on June 17 to face the Northern Blues.

Comments

Roosters will beat the Northern Slimes easily. The Slimes will be weakened even further with injuries to Carlton. Lucky to win another game. If there was betting on the spoon I would back the Slimes for sure. Roosters could improve sharply especially in the middle of winter. No side would have an easy game at Eureka Stadium in winter.

I am framing a Market for when Mr VFA will come out and say something sensible or even positive about the Competition instead of having a crack at the Northern ( Slimes )Blues. People like to read these posts without you slagging them off at every opportunity, so boring. They should ban you from this site. Get back in your hole and shut up.

While George may hate your Blues (slimes) he contributes more to this site than any other poster.
He is the most knowledgeable VFA/VFL historian your likely to ever meet.(apologies to billy) and has posted many stories and videos of the old days many posters enjoy.
Not to mention the tireless thankless hours he spends running the footy tipping comp every year.
If you dont like what he posts then dig a hole yourself.

Full forward,
You are a clown mate. I can bag whoever I like. If you actually read my other posts I can talk about players, teams, history and contribute to the current vfl as well as the VFA history. You are a dead set drop kick mate that has no idea whatsoever. Your team Carlton SECONDS will finish LAST, Carlton thirds are LAST and Carlton AFL team will lose the next 10 games and are gone. You have already slagged off several of the posters including Billy the Kid who knows a lot more about footy than you will ever know.
I have been following footy long before you were born in all levels. I have also started a club in 1986 that still plays in the VAFA. I am also still playing footy over 47s. I have reached the half century. You won't even reach that age. You are a moron.

[quote=Full Forward]I am framing a Market for when Mr VFA will come out and say something sensible or even positive about the Competition instead of having a crack at the Northern ( Slimes )Blues. People like to read these posts without you slagging them off at every opportunity, so boring. They should ban you from this site. Get back in your hole and shut up.[/quote]

FF,
The day VFA goes, so do I.
He like myself is only interested in the now called VFL.
I share his intense dislike for all things Carlton & Collingwood.

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

[quote=digs][quote=Full Forward]I am framing a Market for when Mr VFA will come out and say something sensible or even positive about the Competition instead of having a crack at the Northern ( Slimes )Blues. People like to read these posts without you slagging them off at every opportunity, so boring. They should ban you from this site. Get back in your hole and shut up.[/quote]

FF,
The day VFA goes, so do I.
He like myself is only interested in the now called VFL.
I share his intense dislike for all things Carlton & Collingwood.[/quote]

Count me in also Digs, AFL clubs will do what ever it takes to further their own interests/survival. They do not have the greater good/furtherance of the game at heart. I remember the late, great Bill Collins saying during his brief stint as President of South Melbourne FC saying that he had encountered more cheats & liars in two months in the VFL (now AFL) than he did in 25 years in the racing industry. I hope all the original VFA clubs can survive & one day be stand-alone again, even if the VFL becomes even more of a development league for the AFL. At least it might be properly funded & managed & given the respect it deserves.

[quote=Wally from Williamstown][quote=digs][quote=Full Forward]I am framing a Market for when Mr VFA will come out and say something sensible or even positive about the Competition instead of having a crack at the Northern ( Slimes )Blues. People like to read these posts without you slagging them off at every opportunity, so boring. They should ban you from this site. Get back in your hole and shut up.[/quote]

FF,
The day VFA goes, so do I.
He like myself is only interested in the now called VFL.
I share his intense dislike for all things Carlton & Collingwood.[/quote]

Count me in also Digs, AFL clubs will do what ever it takes to further their own interests/survival. They do not have the greater good/furtherance of the game at heart. I remember the late, great Bill Collins saying during his brief stint as President of South Melbourne FC saying that he had encountered more cheats & liars in two months in the VFL (now AFL) than he did in 25 years in the racing industry. I hope all the original VFA clubs can survive & one day be stand-alone again, even if the VFL becomes even more of a development league for the AFL. At least it might be properly funded & managed & given the respect it deserves.[/quote]

BILL Collins 3DB Sunnyside Up was a Sandy supporter and I can remember seeing him a number of times with his partner /wife behind the Sandringham end goals which was the traditional area where the Sandringham members would stand,

Up till about the 1960s the area between the old kiosk at the southern end including the grandstand and the now coaches boxes was a fenced off members only area and you needed a Sandy membership to get in.Non members could pay extra to enter.

That end was the scene for many a "last quarter burst" to win a game that started in the Len Toyne era that Sandy became famous for esp if a strong NW breese was blowing.

I do remember Sunny Side up as well as the Penthouse Club. Live crosses to the Showgrounds trots for Bill Collins call. Also remember Saturday VFA games with live crosses to the country races with Phil Gibbs in places like Heathcote, Bacchus Marsh and Rochester were those tracks are long gone.

Bill Collins the accurate one.
R.I.P

[quote=vfa]I do remember Sunny Side up as well as the Penthouse Club. Live crosses to the Showgrounds trots for Bill Collins call. Also remember Saturday VFA games with live crosses to the country races with Phil Gibbs in places like Heathcote, Bacchus Marsh and Rochester were those tracks are long gone.

Bill Collins the accurate one.
R.I.P[/quote]

Playing kick-to-kick with Syd Heylen & Mary Hardy :-)

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