High-flying Roos make it three on the trot

Henry Waters flies high for a mark during the Tumbarumba Kangaroos 118-point win over the Federal Swans at Corryong Recreation Reserve on Saturday. Photos: Wendy Lavis

Right now, the Tumbarumba Kangaroos just can’t be stopped in the Upper Murray Football and Netball League (UMFNL) competition.

The high-flying Roos have won three on the trot, and most recently recorded a 118-point win over the Federal Swans at Corryong Recreation Reserve on Saturday. 

Tumbarumba were relentless in what turned out to be a one-sided match that saw the visitors ahead 8.3-53 to 1.1-7 after the first quarter and further ahead 17.5-107 to 2.3-15 after half time before winning 26.14-170 to 8.4-52 on the final whistle.

Roos coach, Quinn Rooney, wasn’t surprised by the result, and praised his new and senior players, who have helped lift the team to wins overs Bullioh, Corryong and now Federal, after their opening round loss to Cudgewa. 

“After that first game to Cudgewa, I definitely thought we had a solid team,” Rooney said. 

“The four Albury recruits and some of the older returning players have definitely brought a lot of leadership and skills to the side, allowing the younger players to play their best footy and take some pressure off them.”

New recruit Daniel Hitchens was again a focal point in the Blue and Whites attack, kicking nine goals, which adds nicely to his 11 goals on debut from a week earlier. 

Jacob Read and Brendon Lane also bagged four goals apiece, Mitchell Deluca and Harry Nunn each kicked a brace, and James Munday, Liam McCallum, Sam Crozier and Jordan Dennis all got their names on the scoreboard. 

Despite not scoring a goal, the side’s best player was Fynn Debono, who worked tirelessly, earning best on ground honours in the process, and Rooney praised the hard-running playmaker, along with a handful of other Roos players who performed admirably in the big win over the Swans. 

“The boys got a good win against Feds on the weekend with Fynn Debono BOG (best on ground), playing hard running footy throughout the whole game,” Rooney said. 

“Jack Vogan was solid down back, taking a ton of intercept marks and linking up with Jock Rixon and Hunter Clayton to clear it out of the back line.

“Andrew Widdison, Jacob Read and Sam Crozier across the half forward line where unstoppable with their contested grabs and delivery into Daniel Hitchens and Brendon Lane.”

Rooney and his Roos now have the bye to get their bodies right, before an away trip against the top of the table Cudgewa, and the Tumbarumba coach wasn’t mixing his words, hinting that the competition favourites should be keeping an eye over their shoulder. 

“The way the boys are playing and improving each week, the Cudgewa boy should be wary, especially after the week off,” Rooney said. 

“The boys will be on the track both Tuesday and Thursday this week, we probably came into the first game against Cudgewa a bit off the pace and we’ll look to close that gap each week.”

In the second UMFNL seniors game played on Saturday, Cudgewa and Bullioh met in a 2019 grand final replay, with the Blues enacting revenge on the Bulldogs 14.10-94 to 13.8-86 at Cudgewa Recreation Ground. 

While Tumbarumba get the weekend off, this coming Saturday will see Corryong hosting Cudgewa and Bullioh taking on Federal.