Week off prepares Roar for Albury showdown
All eyes will be on the APEX Reserve this weekend, with the Cobram Roar welcoming Albury United for their final home game of the Albury Wodonga Football Association regular season.
The club’s three senior sides will be fresh and ready for the encounter, with all three games won by forfeit over the weekend.
In an unprecedented move, the Roar’s round 19 opponents, Boomers, forfeited the division one men’s, division two men’s and division two women’s matches on Saturday.
Cobram’s division one men’s coach, Vince Iannucci, said he was disappointed the games were called off.
“It gives the guys another weeks rest which is good as we prepare for the next match,” Iannucci said.
“We were going to be missing a couple of players on Saturday night so it was good opportunity that we didn’t play.”
Ben Zito, Tarkyn Hyde and Spiros Vourgalis will be available for selection for this weekend’s game, with the match against Albury United a must win.
“It’s sort of out of our hands now in regards to the title,” Iannucci said.
“Depending on what happens in the next three games for us and what happens with them (United) in this game and the last game, we’ve still got a bit of a chance.”
This weekend will also be a big game for the division two women’s team, with the side able to lock in a first place finish with a win Sunday.
It is shaping up to be a massive weekend for the Roar, with two important games and the club’s $100 raffle set to be held.
The senior women’s side are due to kick off at 11:20am on Sunday, with the men playing at 3pm.
— Daniel Webb
Our under-14s were scheduled to play Wodonga Heart — unfortunately this game was postponed at Wodonga Heart request.
That left two games played on Saturday afternoon.
Cobram Roar 0 lost to Boomers 10
Cobram Roar were taken by surprise with an early goal from Boomers. They fought hard to try to keep them at bay, but got to half time 3-0 down.
The Roar came back stronger and more organised in the second half, but so did Boomers. Xavier Gooderham and Jake Kauta defended well and Sam Osborne, Lachlan Pardy, Lukas Stewart and Luana Mete created some opportunities in the forward line, with Luana having a couple of close shots. Boomers, however, continued to score and Roar ended the game 10-0down. The score was not reflective of the great team effort and the wonderful play created.
Cobram Roar 2 def Boomers 1
Cobram roar under-12 boys were excited and ready to face Boomers on their home turf. The boys knew they needed the win to keep a top four position. The game kicked off and Cobram was all over the ball with great passing skills from Henry Watmore and Sam Osborne creating chances to get the boys in front. 10 minutes into the game and young gun Harvey Boake kicked a calm and collected goal with a great cross from Jeremy Egan to get a 1-0 lead.
Cameron Brew, Lachlan Pardy, Will Hutchinson and William Young keeping a solid defence keeping the formation in place. Before the half finished Jeremy Egan kicked a nice composed goal ending the half 2-0 for Cobram.
The second half started and the Cobram boys tried to keep the momentum going. Central midfielder Andre Corso held the midfield together well trying to see the match out with a clean sheet. Boomers scored a late goal just before the game ended making it a 2-1 win for the Cobram team.
The young Roar boys are showing great quality football and should be very proud — well done boys.