Roos overcome conditions

WINNERS: Mannum took out the Under 17.5 premiership with a convincing win over Imperials on Saturday, September 23. Photo: William Bailey.

WINNERS: Mannum took out the Under 17.5 premiership with a convincing win over Imperials on Saturday, September 23. Photo: William Bailey.

The Mannum Roos faced off against Imperials on a blustery day in Tailem Bend.

The weather was far from suitable for both sides, seeing gusts of up to 50 kilometres an hour across the oval slightly to the southern end.

The teams matched up similarly size and talent-wise all over the oval.

Ruckman Daniel Laubsch and Jack Laube were the first to sort out the windy conditions.

Mannum kicked forward first and Thomas Worthley was able to register the Roo’s first score, a behind.

The Imperials kick-in was intercepted and Jaydon Krollig was able to put through Mannum’s first major of the day.

Imperials cleared the ball forward through Ash Medhurst but Mannum were able to repel and put through another behind.

Imperials pushed the ball inside 50 again only to see the Mannum’s defence quickly rebound and move the ball to Mannum’s forward lines, where Ben Brown put through a major.

At the stoppage the Roos went forward through Josh Spashott and Krollig capitalised with his second goal. 

CELEBRATION: Mannum Under 17.5 coach Clint Warhurst and captain Blake Tabe celebrate their win over Imperials.

CELEBRATION: Mannum Under 17.5 coach Clint Warhurst and captain Blake Tabe celebrate their win over Imperials.

To start the second term Mannum pushed forward, but Shane Paech intercepted and got the ball moving into Imps forward 50. Brayden Smith worked hard to keep the ball in their zone.

Mannum’s defence stood strong and Cameron Horsmann and Josh Spashott created another scoring opportunity.

On the kick-in, Imps moved the ball forward through Craney, who was working hard. Shane Paech put through Imperials first goal just before half-time.

Mannum went into the main break leading 5.7 37 to 1.2 8.

Conditions didn’t easing into the third quarter, with players were fumbling the ball. Imperial’s Craney hit-up Shane Paech for a much needed goal. 

From the centre clearance Mannum moved the ball forward where Krollig put through his third goal for the game. The ball was hotly contested in harsh conditions and both sides had difficultly scoring.

STAR: Mannum's Daniel Laubsch was named best on ground during his side's Under 17.5 grand final win over Imperials.

STAR: Mannum's Daniel Laubsch was named best on ground during his side's Under 17.5 grand final win over Imperials.

Mannum lead 6.8 44 to Imperials 2.4 16.

The Blues burst out in the last quarter. Paech put through a major inside the first 30 seconds to give his side a chance of a late comeback.  

At the centre clearance Blake Tabe pushed the ball forward only to see the Imps defenders rebound. For the next five minutes both defences stood tall, making scoring difficult. 

Under 17.5 premiers.

Under 17.5 premiers.

Halfway through the quarter, Mannum swung the momentum their way and saw their supporters believing that the game was in their grass.

The last 5 minutes, scoring dried up and Mitch Heward put the icing on the cake for the Roos, booting through the last goal of the game to seal Mannum the 2017 premiership, 8.9 57 to 3.6 24. 

SUCCESS: Mannum Under 17.5 coach Clint Warhurst with the premiership shield following his team's win over Imperials.

SUCCESS: Mannum Under 17.5 coach Clint Warhurst with the premiership shield following his team's win over Imperials.

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