Roosters in it to win it

Competition leaders the United Fitness Studio Bega Roosters face the challenge of the giant-slaying Cooma Stallions on Sunday.

The Roosters are facing a tough ask with this game being their first in four weeks, and captain-coach Ryan Apps and his senior players - headed by Grant Jessop and Scott Fuller - know that ball work and game time is invaluable at this point in the competition.

The Roosters will celebrate Sunday as their Giving Back to Community Program and saluting Women in League.

The day will feature a bucket run for charity organisation CanAssist, whose valuable work in the Bega Valley is appreciated by all. 

The club will stage a charity auction of the first grade pink jumpers, with proceeds going towards the club canteen restoration fund.

The fund was created after the senior and minor league clubs lost a massive amount of canteen equipment in a deliberately-lit fire that has resulted in the clubhouse now having to be demolished.

"We are beginning to fundraise now following some small  donations from Bega Cheese and Club Bega which are greatly appreciated" club treasurer Barbara Burton said.

"The club has also started a wood raffle donated by David Jauncey and the wood raffles will be followed by a further raffle of a butt of beef donated by Herb Parbery of Parbery Pastoral Company.

"This is the start of a lot of money that will need to be raised and we are now underway following the loss," she said.  

Rugby League action gets underway at the Bega Rec Ground from 10.30am in four top grade games, with the Mark Hart Builders Under 18s facing a strong Cooma side.

Bega, Cooma and Merimbula-Pambula are in a chase for the lead at the halfway mark of the competition.

The Bantam Roosters on their home turf will be keen to impress,

This match will be a cracker from the opening whistle according to all the league pundits, so be there early and witness the 10.30am kick off of the Under 18 match of the round.

Well it has finally arrived, the rematch of the Austbrokers Southern Bega Chicks against the Cooma Fillies.

Both sides have had to wait throughout the pre-season and it has not been until  halfway into the competition that they continue their war that started when the Chicks stunned the Fillies in the 2013 grand final.

Coach Andrew Badullovich knows that his new look girls side will know where they are exactly at in 2014 coming off the back of this game.

New players Williams, Long, George and Holmes face the fireworks for the first time as they front the barn-storming Ingram and the pace of Jade Lee of the Fillies.

It will be a "huge game" according to Chicks manager Trudi Badullovich. "We will look to Joccoaa, Tegan. Georgina,  Alliera and Kelsea to keep our girls focused  on our own game," she said. 

Kick-off is at noon. 

As always, the Bega Truck and Tractor and Cooma reserve graders will provide the crowd with plenty of action from the opening whistle.

These matches over the seasons have been traditionally hard and tough and both sides are sitting precariously on the boundaries of the top four.

The outcome of this game could well decide if the loser will fall from grace as a final four aspirant in 2014.

Roosters captain-coach Steven Luff has seen a long list of players come and go throughout a disjointed first half of the season and he will be keen to get some balance into his team.

Luff and team manager Dennis Scott have been working hard with their numbers.

"We will look to getting the basics right, exploit a good kick and chase game and force Cooma into errors through strong and resolute defence," Luff said. 

"And hopefully build our game off the back of their mistakes.

"We have missed several weeks of game time so we need to be patient with the ball in hand and work our way into the game doing the little things right ."

The First grade clash at 2.30pm will see the Finnerty Automotive side make their long awaited return to the paddock.

Four weeks is a long time off in rugby league and to come in against a rising Cooma will be a tough ask for the home side, despite the game being played in front of a strong parochrial crowd.

Team manager Jeff Apps is looking for the Bega supporters to be on hand in numbers at the recreation ground to witness what has all the earmarks of a great game of football.

"The Roosters have been the surprise packet of the competition and their unbeaten record speaks volumes of the work being put in by Ryan Apps and his side, Jessop, Robinson, the fuller and Ingram brothers, Carter are all stepping up to the plate and enjoying the rewards that are coming their way," Apps said.

"Parbery, Dowdle, Bower-Scott and Scott-Thomas head the youth brigade and all are playing with great composure.

"If we stay composed throughout the contest and not panic over a few expected errors then we will with the crowd behind us be in this contest for a long way," Apps added.

Cooma Captain Coach Steve Dunn is expected to be back on deck following injury  to bolster his sides chances and coming off the back of a win over the sharks the Stallions are confident they  can give the Roosters are real fright on their home turf. 


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