RAMBLERS won the 2017 reserve grade premiership over arch rivals Imperials on Saturday in a low-scoring affair played in difficult conditions.
The Roosters went out with one goal in mind… and that’s what they got.
In what turned into a fascinating arm-wrestle of a match, Ramblers won the flag with the incredible scoreline of 1.11 (17) to Imperials 1.2 (8).
The strong wing across the ground saw the play held up on the boundary line on many occasions and the boundary umpires were working over-time bringing the ball back into play.
After a nervous start by both sides, with the Roosters and Blues both trying to adjust to the conditions, it was the Blues who started well, kicking the first goal of the match.
Imperials’ Johnny Vogan took a mark about 30 metres out and converted to kick the only goal for the quarter, and that’s when the scoreboard joy ended for Imperials as they were unable to improve on their 1.2 quarter time scorecard for the rest of the match.
And while the Blues struggled to hit the scoreboard, Ramblers had their own woes.
The Roosters had many entries but the conditions proved too tough and it wasn’t until after half-time that the Roosters got a major on the scoreboard with the excitement machine Mervyn ‘Muffy’ Kartinyeri kicking an excellent goal. It was a rare highlight in a match severely impacted by the weather.
At three-quarter-time, the score was 1.9 to 1.2 and Ramblers were only able to add a two behinds during the last quarter while Imperials were unable to score at all.
While the play was not pretty, many players stood up in the conditions and the game’s stars were busy doing the tough work as there was stoppage after stoppage; the tackling pressure was a feature.
Ramblers’ Alex Button was awesome all day in ruck and a worthy winner of the best on ground medal.
Fellow Roosters Kartinyeri and Tom Paech were busy all day while James Fiegert played a big role in proceedings.
For Imperials, Tom Hines was a standout in the backline; he had plenty of the football, chopped off well and executed his kicks in the tricky conditions.
Veteran Ash Temby tried hard all day while Matt Gogel and Braden Frost were lively and Tim Berling never stopped trying.
0.2-2 0.6-6 1.9-15 1.11-17
1.2-8 1.2-8 1.2-8 1.2-8
Ramblers: Goals – M. Kartinyeri; Best players: A. Button, M. Kartinyeri, T. Paech, J. Fiegert, T. Pratt
Imperials: Goals - J. Vogan; Best players: T. Hines, B. Frost, M. Gogel, T. Berling, V. Rothall