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Fitness wins out for Tigers

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July 03, 2017

Rochester's Perry Oliver tackles Tatura's Che Walls.

Scott this one: Scott Oakley (Rochester) wins the ruck tap against Tatura veteran Paul Kirby.

Clear air: Nathan Marrone gets yet another centre clearance for Rochester.

Rochester continues to climb the Goulburn Valley League ladder after securing its sixth straight win on Saturday.

The 26-point triumph against Tatura has the Tigers in fourth position on the table, but it did not come easily.

James Flaherty’s side showed great fight to come from behind with eight goals to two in the final term.

‘‘Similar to last week, we had a really good last quarter,’’ he said.

‘‘A few of the boys really stood up and rallied again in the last, which was good.’’

The playing coach, who starred in the victory, highlighted the return of Jarod Bacon, Perry Oliver and Nathan McCarty as pivotal to the fortunes of his team.

‘‘We’re sort of starting to get a few players back and really get some continuity around the group,’’ Flaherty said.

‘‘Jarod probably had 4.5 or around that mark and was really dangerous.’’

Jaycob Dingwall was also influential, with Steven Stroobants joining Bacon as an important forward force with three majors.

For the Bulldogs, it was a match that may have slipped from their fingers due to injuries.

James Sullivan (calf) and Rian McGough (ankle) were late withdrawals from the clash, while coach Jamason Daniels (quadriceps) and Tim Lanyon (hamstring) went down just before the final change.

‘‘I’ve done my quad pretty badly, it could be season-ending, but I’m just going to stay positive and wait for the scans,’’ Daniels said.

‘‘We were down on rotations and probably ran out of legs, unfortunately we’re very depleted at the moment.’’

Daniels was happy with most of the effort from his side, despite the disappointment of a ninth straight defeat.

‘‘I thought for three quarters we were really good and then unfortunately the last quarter got away from us a little bit,’’ he said.

‘‘There were some really positive signs.’’

James Wall was the best player for the away side, while Matt Ryan booted four goals.

Unlike Tatura, the Tigers finished the match with a full bench, something Flaherty believed would help his side take on Seymour next week.

‘‘A full bench has really been a rarity this season and over there (Kings Park) it’s always a tough one,’’ he said.

‘‘But we’ve got a bit of momentum now, so we’ve got to try and keep that going.’’

The Bulldogs will host Mansfield, a side they have already defeated this year.

‘‘We had some guys in some good form, so we’ll try to keep building on those first three quarters,’’ Daniels said.

‘‘Hopefully a win is not too far away.’’

Scores

Rochester 2.5 3.8 3.13 11.15 (81)

Tatura 2.1 4.3 6.4 8.7 (55)

Best

Rochester: James Flaherty, Nick O’Connor, Jarod Bacon, Scott Oakley, John Harvey, Jaycob Dingwall.

Tatura: James Wall, Che Walls, Matt Ryan, Tom Miller, Linc Wellington, Andrew Ciavarella.

Goals

Rochester: Jarod Bacon 4, Steven Stroobants 3, Nick O’Connor, James McPhee, Scott Oakley, Wil Hamilton.

Tatura: Matt Ryan 4, Chris Ryan, Linc Wellington, Jamason Daniels, Matt Cornwall.

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