Back to the Kindra ‘Koliseum’ this Saturday to take on the Mangoplah CUE Goannas and celebrate the amazing 125 Year milestone of the Coolamon Rovers. 125 Years! Not many Club’s in Australia can brag about that independent longevity.
BJ, Coop and Oxy kitted up in the replica 1959 Premiership jumpers and recognising 125 Years for the Coolamon Rovers
Coolamon Grasshoppers senior selection team of Jamie Maddox, Connor Neyland and Mitch Robinson have made two changes to the first grade side that was massive in its victory over the Ganmain Lions last week. Into the Hoppers side comes Ben Edyvean for his 268th first grade appearance and first for 2019, as well as Jerry Maslin who will suit up for his fourth game of the season after recovering from a nagging hamstring strain.
Out of the side goes Anthony Atkin who will miss the next two games honouring a pre Hoppers travel commitment, as well as Jack McPherson who will return to the Ressies after making every post a winner these past two weeks in the top grade and proving to everyone, including himself, that he’s definitely not out of place in a 2 pm time slot.
Mango are on the rebound following their disappointing last three quarters against Tigers last week where they barely landed a strike after a tight first quarter, and they will be extremely motivated to make a statement following several weeks of excellent footy leading up to the Tigers loss.. In our first clash this season it wasn’t until late in the game that the Hoppers kicked away, and the boys are very much aware that they’ll need to stay in the contest and persist as well as last week if they want to cement our position in the top three.
For the Hoppers, a huge shout out to Joey Redfern who celebrates his 50th First Grade Game this weekend. It’s hard for young blokes who come through the club to set milestones real early when they play so much representative footy and then move away for studies. We know the milestone means a lot to Joe and every man in green will do their utmost to see he enjoys a hugely deserved victory in his milestone game. Well done Joey, the Club is rapt to have you in green and wishes you all the best for your game and toward your future milestones as well!
First Grade 1.40 pm
B: Ryan Allen, Will Graetz, Connor Neyland
HB: Josh Buchanan, Zach Bradley, Coop McKelvie
C: Hayden Bradley, Nick Pleming, Max Hillier
HF: BJ Glyde, Joe Redfern, Luke Redfern
F: Jerry Maslin, Matt McGowan, Shannon Charlie
Fol: Ben Edyvean, Jake Barrett, Jamie Maddox
IC: Benj Gillett, Luke McLoughlin, Lach Crawford
In: Ben Edyvean, Jeremiah Maslin
Out: Anthony Atkins (trip), Jack McPherson
The Magoos are going for five in a row on Saturday and play a Mango side desperate to win to stay in touch with the top five. Injuries and travel have hammered the Ressies this week, but Doona and Weanie have still managed to put together a cracking side that will be super keen to maintain the rage. Seven players from last week’s team are unavailable this game, with a further ten players on the long term injury list, or unable to play for other reasons. It’s testing our depth in a big way, but also giving plenty of blokes an opportunity to get a kick. With the weather looming cold and wet, look for perennial mud lark and in and under expert Ho Leary to have another massive game and lead his Hoppers home.
Reserve Grade 11.35 am
Coaches: Daniel Crocker and Shaun Bradley
B: Andy Shaw, Liam Armstrong, Tom Heffer
HB: Jack McPherson, Jeremy Bradley, Jack Mason
C: Heath Petty, Will Alchin, Jeremy Robinson
HF: Ryan Chamberlain, Lach Owens, Ryan Maslin
F: Adam Gain, Tim Garrett, Tom Carr
Fol: Tyler Owens, Sam Robinson, Hayden Leary
Int: Ben Baker
In the Thirds the young Hoppers are a couple of games clear in fifth spot on the ladder now and have a bit of breathing space. If they cast their mind back a couple of months though, they’ll recall being pretty embarrassed about their efforts at Mangoplah and know they’ve got to get their head in the right space before game time, come out of the blocks with a rush and set the tone for the day for the men in green. It’s a big responsibility on a big day, and with the weather likely to be unkind, how the boys front up to the conditions and the earlier start will tell us a lot about their maturity and toughness. Hairy and Max gave the boys a bit of an honesty touch up last week and they responded as we all know they can. Look for them to start hard and fast and continue their march toward September.
Under 17s 10.00 am
Coaches: Hayden Bradley and Max Hillier
B: Will Doyle, Jake Neale, Jack Foster
HB: Jake Fifield, Callum Burns, Jake Manley
C: Pete McCallum, Mitch Stibbard, Darcy Mackay
HF: Hugh Wakefield, Godfrey Okerenyang, Abdul Umar
F: Archer Bucheggar, Nick Buchanan, Nate Bloor
Fol: Harry Allen, Bayden Leary, Alim Farah
Int: Lachie Payne, Colt Parker
Go Green Men!!