Wounded Roos limp to upset success

July 17, 2017

It was a win for the ages at Girgarre.

It was a win for the ages at Girgarre.

The past six weeks have been tough for the Kangaroos, but they made up for it on Saturday with a memorable two-point win against premiership contender Violet Town.

Girgarre has been struck down by injuries to key men, contributing to half a dozen losses and slipping out of finals contention.

But it all came together for Shannon Tucker’s side on a glorious afternoon for Roos supporters.

‘‘We’ve been close the last couple of weeks, so it was a good confidence boost for the boys to get that win,’’ Tucker said.

‘‘We’ve had nine of our best 18 blokes out, but we’ve never used injuries as an excuse and we just worried about taking it up to Violet Town.

‘‘Apart from the second half of the third quarter, it was our best four-quarter effort of the year.’’

Girgarre stunned the Towners with five goals to one in the first quarter before the game closed up.

Inaccurate kicking at goal prevented Violet Town from working back into the contest, but Sean Horsburgh’s men almost got home after trailing by 15 points at the final change.

Matt Bartlett was impressive early, but went down with an arm injury that could keep him sidelined for a number of weeks.

Scans revealed there was no break in the arm and the injury was not as serious as first thought, but he could miss a few weeks.

He will join Paul Parsons, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last month, in the Roos’ casualty ward.

Greg Potter was pulled up from the reserves for his first senior game since May and he got the job on star Violet Town forward Rob Staff, keeping him to one goal.

Ash Kirchhofer was terrific in the ruck, while Ash Hughes also starred, along with Nick Mellington and Shaun Doolan.

Girgarre is ninth with four wins and Tucker said it was vital his side grinded out the season, despite the big injury list.

Violet Town coach Sean Horsburgh said it was a wake-up call for his side.

‘‘It was a disappointing performance from our behalf, Girgarre was hungry and their intensity was better than ours throughout the game,’’ Horsburgh said.

‘‘We didn’t defend well as a side, not really our defence, just across the ground and we didn’t apply enough pressure.

‘‘Kicking 7.17 isn’t going to win too many games, so we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves. Girgarre wanted it more than we did and full credit to them.’’

Regular stars Sam Poole and Pat Horsburgh were standouts, while Ash Hobbs was the Towners’ only multiple goal-kicker with two.

Violet Town dropped a game away from ladder leader Nagambie, but has a four-point buffer on Tallygaroopna and Stanhope.

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