Bega Roosters have Sharks take the bait

• Bega Rooster Craig Matthews looks determined as he makes a run against the Moruya Sharks on Sunday.
• Bega Rooster Craig Matthews looks determined as he makes a run against the Moruya Sharks on Sunday.

THE Bega Roosters’ win rate against Moruya on Sunday sounds more like a television commercial than a football game. 

“Order now and get not just one, but four, that’s right four wins against the Sharks,” you can hear the words ringing in your head. 

Well, maybe... 

However, the Roosters did pick up a win in each of the senior grades on Saturday from 18s to first grade. 

First grade head coach Ryan Apps said he was happy to “get the monkey off the back” picking up the win against Moruya. 

Club president Garry Arkin said the Roosters took advantage when the Sharks were reduced to 12 on the park. 

“[The] sending off of rugged Shane Colebrook for an alleged headbutt attempt on Hayden Parbery saw the Sharks reduced to 12,” Arkin said. 

“From there, the Roosters put the Sharks to the sword.”

Arkin said Blake Robinson’s kicking game was a turning factor for the Roosters. 

“Blake Robinson’s radar kicking boot on song in a great display was the difference on the day,” he said. 

Arkin said the ruck battle was a “war of attrition” and despite Moruya having a bigger forward pack, Bega kept on hustling. 

“Without doubt it was the Bega forward pack who paved the way,” he said. 

Arkin said it was a “good hard win” for the visiting Roosters. 

Under 18s coaches James Bower-Scott and Luke Dowdle both stepped up to play both grades. 

The duo provided a powerful combination to help the Roosters keep play on the attack. 

Meanwhile, the reserves showed what a difference one week could make. 

Arkin said captain-coach Steven Luff led the reserves well to take control. 

“[They] looked to be in for a tough day, but in a major form reversal stunned the Sharks with a rousing win,” Arkin said. 

The Roosters posted a solid 28-18 win. 

Luff said the win boosted confidence in the team. 

“We knew we had to stand up and be counted today,” Luff said. 

“I am so proud of the way we managed to do just that.

“The win has helped turn our season around and we now face the challenge of being consistent,” he said. 

The league-tag Bega Chicks are still in fine form with another straight win. 

The Chicks were able to pile on a solid 22-4 score over the Moruya Sharkettes. 

Coach Andrew Badull-ovich said a good mix of experience and fresh young talent had his squad in good stead for the season. 

“These girls are gems to train,” Badullovich said. 

“They bring it onto the paddock playing with plenty of enthusiasm.

“And they play in the right spirit of the contest,” he said. 

However, Arkin said he and the Chicks had earmarked the Sharkettes as a squad on the up and would be a threat come finals time. 

“Moruya have stepped up a notch in tag and are the big improvers of the competition,” Arkin said. 

Bower-Scott and Dowdle also led the under 18s to a solid win over the Sharks. 

Bower-Scott said a strong team atmosphere helped push the Roosters along. 

“We know it’s a long season ahead, but the guys are really digging deep for each other ,” Bower-Scott said. 

“And it showed out their again.”

Bower-Scott said the under 18s were taking no prisoners and wanted to lead the way at finals time. 

“We came up here to get the two competition points on offer and we achieved our goal.

“Two from two keeps us in the hunt for a major semi-final position which is our goal,” he said. 

Bower-Scott said the squad had been improving consistently and numbers at training were strong. 


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