Harrow-Balmoral 77 d Rupanyup 19
RUPANYUP was beaten but not disgraced at the hands of Harrow-Balmoral at the weekend.
The Roos’ impressive first quarter set up an eventual 58-point win at Rupanyup Recreation Reserve, but the Panthers fought hard to put pressure on their opponents and turn the game into a scrap.
Only six goals were scored after quarter-time – two to Rupanyup and four to Harrow-Balmoral.
Roos coach Brent Forsyth, one goal, was outstanding, while Murray and Peter Staude were good with their ball use.
David Lang was named Rupanyup’s best for the second consecutive week and was one of two goal-scorers for his team along with Matthew Weidemann.
The Roos’ inaccurate 10.17 meant they could have finished with a higher score, but coach Brent Forsyth said his team would take the win.
“Our first quarter was really good, and then the game turned into a scrap,” he said.
“We missed a lot of easy goals, so we should have hit the scoreboard a lot harder.
"Being able to make the most of our opportunities is something we have to work on.”
Rupanyup coach Mick Finnigan said there was plenty to be happy about for his team despite the eventual loss.
“We tried to make a contest at every chance we got,” he said.
“Other than the first 15 or 20 minutes, I thought we were really good.
“They’re a pretty handy team and no doubt they were better than us on the day, but it would be fair to say we were defeated but never beaten.”
Noel Jorgensen was injured when he took an errant elbow in the chest during a tackle.
Finnigan said he would likely miss a week or two.
Roo Aaron McDonald, ankle, did not play but is expected to return on Saturday.