ROSCOES WITH PLAYERS TO BURN, DECIMATE THE PIRATES
The Roscoes’ season started with a bang that rocketed them to the top of the table with a four-figure percentage. Unlike last year, when Ross had to ring players to play, yesterday he was forced to leave two players out before the match, when they were both late to the ground. They had been warned that with plenty of players wanting to play, the rules had to be tightened. On paper, the Roscoes looked impressive. Experienced players, Brock Rawlinson, Tom Clarke, Ben Gadsden and Cal Macleod had returned to provide genuine quality, and it was heartening to see Jordy Portelli back in harness up forward. The Hyphen rejoined the side after four years in London and Levi Otto had recovered from the injury that curtailed his footy since Monash last year. Throw in Kieran Rawlinson’s unexpected return, and a very powerful unit fell upon the hapless Pirates, who soon realised the rise in grade looked steep and treacherous.
Only a severe crosswind protected the Pirates from a first quarter hammering, as the Roscoes dominated the term but couldn’t fire the agate between the tall erections. The quarter was played entirely in our front half, although the scoreboard didn’t reflect the control the Roscoes had of proceedings. This was rectified once we had the wind, and by half-time it was all over. With Brock Rawlinson and Tom Clarke dominant and Bunji rampant up forward, the Roscoes rattled on seven goals. Ben dished off the ball to anyone who wanted a shot at the sticks, and Otto, Clarke and McLean obliged. Jordy and Connail Auty goaled after strong marks before Ace McBain charged through opponents for another. Bunji’s “hanger” was the highlight of a quarter that promised some vintage work in the coming weeks from the team.
The pattern continued in the second half as Portelli took over at CHF. Logan Welsh had a purple patch up forward in the third term and the work all players had completed in their preparation, allowed them to sustain powerful football in hot, blustery and sapping conditions. Daniel Mount played strongly in the ruck on debut, Brandon Harris was prominant in defence, while Conaill Auty, Hugh Hamilton, Scott Riddell and Logan Welsh clearly enjoyed their first taste of senior footy. They were fortunate to have such strong support alongside them. The Pirates were comprehensively scuttled and it was a long plank home for them.
ROSCOES: 1.6 8.10 12.18 16.20.116
PIRATES: 0.3 1.3 1.3 1.5.11
Goals: Portelli 3, Otto 3, B. Rawlinson 2, McBain 2, Welsh 2, Auty, J. Fisher, Clarke, McLean.
Best: B. Rawlinson, Macleod, Harris, Clarke, Welsh, Graham-Bowman.