After three near misses to open their Upper Murray Football and Netball League reserve grade season, the Tumbarumba Kangaroos are now on the board after belting the Federal Swans 14.17-101 to 2.4-16 in round four of the competition at Corryong Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Roos reserve grade coach, Mathew Mccallum, was pleased to see his side get a win after three close losses to start 2021.
“It felt really good and a just reward after the effort of the guys after being so close in every game,” Mccallum said.
“I knew it would come and the results would change for us.”
Playing the entire contest and improvement in front of goal were cornerstones to a strong Roos win according to Mccallum.
“The boys played a full four-quarter effort, and the difference being this week, is that we took our chances more in front of goals, even though we can still be better in that department, which has been our achilles heel in every game,” Mccallum said.
“If we had kicked straight, we would have probably won every game and also having a full bench helped.”
Mccallum said his side would improve as the season went on and he hoped to register a few more wins before finals.
“The boys have been really positive and encouraged by our results in every game, as we believe our best on its day, stacks up with every team, so we do believe we will get a few more wins this season,” Mccallum said.
The Roos reserve grade side get the weekend off, before returning to action when on the road to Cudgewa the following Saturday.
Junior Roos win again
Tumbarumba’s under 14s travelled to Corryong to take on a very competitive Federal Swans in round four of the UMFNL competition, and came away as 7-11-53 to 4-5-29 victors.
Tumba got off to a good start due to the strong work of Noah Meek in the ruck, with on-ballers Alex Crain and Campbell Murray getting first use of the football from the centre.
Tumba kicked the first three goals of the game but Federal hit back in the second quarter, kicking three goals to one to set up a hard fought second half
Feds came out after half time and once again peppered the forward line. The Tumba back line of Campbell Crain, Dom Chaffey and Sam and Jess Clarke were as solid as rock repelling many of Federal forward attacks.
The tenacious Alby Middleton also showed how to tackle by bringing down many of Swans bigger kids and earning himself many free kicks.
With Tumba’s excellent pressure in the field, the visitors were able on top and the forward line of Kieran Middleton, Mason Chamberlain and Will McEachern made the most of their opportunities, helping their side as they ran out 24-point winners.
Goal kickers included Alby Middleton (2), Will McEachern (2), Mason Chamberlain, Campbell Murray and Noah Meek.
Coach’s award this week to Campbell Murray and the Dare to Bite award went to Sam Clarke.