The Dogs overcome a determined Boorowa Goldies outfit 46-19 on the weekend to book their major semi-final showdown at the Taralga showground. With a week to go in the competition and the dreaded Jindabyne road-trip looming, the top two competition positions are all but set.
The Dogs had a team of performers on the weekend. From one to twenty, the boys fulfilled their roles with purpose and played structured, smart and enthusiastic football.
Kenny McCallum wound back the clock against the Goldies. Noah may have been still building his boat when Kenny started playing rugby for Crookwell, but on the weekend, behind that thirty-eight- year-old moustache was a twenty-three-year-old burly rookie, just wanting the ball.
Kenny bashed and crashed his way through the Goldies. He was ably assisted by all the usual suspects, but Ryan Seaman and Andrew Nolan were also notably brilliant.
As the back-line settles too, combinations are beginning to stick, and it was the beloved BTC, (the Back Three Club) who shone. Mitchell Horton literally through his face at everything. He did come off battered, bruised and bloodied, but not before he’d beaten his opposition to a standstill. In the words of the great Troy Maxwell Fred Bensley, “Trying to tackle Gooba is like trying to tackle a sack full of spanners”. Great game Mitchell Horton.
Jono ‘the Dad’ Chapple also had a great game, crossing a try and only getting really cranky once. This is a new record for Chapple, fatherhood has really settled him down. Also crossing for points was Matt Roberts, while Will Croker put in a very strong performance.
Mention this week must go to coach Smirk. Ian McIntosh, in his first attempt at coaching a senior football side has done an admirable job. With only the penultimate match of the regular season remaining, coach Smirk has done what all good coaches aim to do; have the best twenty-two players fit, available and in form as the pointy end approaches. (Please don’t get injured in Jindabyne boys….)
The crowd was great on Saturday. Thank you for your sponsorship MD and JJ Anderson and thank you Greg for inviting so many friends and ex-players into your box. Their support was very much appreciated.
The Dogs best football is yet to come this year. I’m sure you will do us all prod again.
Try Scorers; Aaron Leighton 2, Andrew Nolan, Ryan Seaman, Edward Price, Mat Roberts, Johno Chapelle
Best and Fairest; Edward Price 3, Sam Elliott and Clayton Granger 2, Kenny McCallum, Mitchell Horton 1
Player’s Player; Kenny McCallum
Coach’s Pick; Mitchell Horton and Kenny McCallum
Chick’s Pick; Clayton Granger
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