Roar rebounds from draw

By Dylan Arvela

Cobram Roar rebounded from its disappointing draw with Albury Hotspurs to record an emphatic 10-0 win against Wodonga Heart at Cobram Showgrounds.

Heart went into the match at the bottom of the table with a -111 goal differential, 13 of those goals against coming against Roar in round five.

The home side led six-nil at the break and went on with the job in the second half.

Hamish Sweeny netted four on the day, including a three-minute first-half hat-trick, while Mitchell Speechley-Price, who netted 10 in his last outing against Heart, had to be content with a hat-trick.

Nicholas Osborne, Shaun Willis and Lachlan Osborne also found the back of the net for Cobram.

Roar coach Bill Puckett said Roar went into the match with the right attitude which saw his side to secure the comprehensive win.

‘‘Everyone expected us to win,’’ he said.

‘‘They also expected us to win last week but that didn’t happen.

‘‘I told the boys before the game this could go one of two ways.

‘‘We could turn this into a battle but if we play right and treat the game with respect we will come away with a good win and that is what we did.’’

Puckett gave a number of the club’s younger players a chance to impress in the match, including Sweeny, who Puckett believes, was finally able to show his training paddock form on the pitch.

‘‘He was clinical and ruthless, we have seen it in training, so it’s great to see him do it in a game,’’ Puckett said.

‘‘Nick Osborne made his first start, Naz Corso came on so they played well so they’’re good signs.’’

The win puts Cobram within a point of fifth-placed Boomers FC which lost 3-2 at home to Albury United.

Cobram has a chance to move into fifth with a win against eight-place Melrose on Sunday.

‘‘We know Melrose is a tough outfit,’’ Puckett said.

‘‘They showed that last weekend against Myrtleford (narrowly losing 2-1).’’

The match kicks off at Cobram Showgrounds at 3pm.