Rekindling the rivalry

AN old rivalry will be rekindled tomorrow when Corowa-Rutherglen takes on Yarrawonga at John Foord Oval.

The Roos have had the perfect start to their resurgent season, with wins over Wodonga Raiders and Wangaratta.

And while it’s been a one-sided affair between the two sides in recent years, Pigeons coach Chris Kennedy is expecting a different story this time around.

“I went and watched them last week and they’re definitely a lot more intense around the ball,” he said.

“There’s a bit of energy and excitement around the club and they have certainly started the season well.

“When I was growing up it was always a big rivalry between Yarrawonga and Corowa — I’m hoping they get a big crowd.”

They Roos have bolstered their ranks in the off-season with recruits like Al Austin, James Brain and Chris Marshall, and have new leadership in coach Bryce Campbell.

“Their reserves have won two in a row as well, there’s definitely more excitement around their club,” Kennedy said.

“Our players will be fully aware that we’re coming up against a side with a lot of momentum.”

The Pigeons’ task will be made all the more difficult with the loss of star utility Marcus McMillan, suspended for one week.

“Corowa impressed me the way they played last week,” Kennedy said.

“They’re a very quick and fit side and run hard, you just have to back your players to get their hands on the footy.

“If we turn over the ball we’ll be facing the Corowa guys all day.”

While the Roos are on the up, the Pigeons still have plenty to be positive about themselves.

“I’m happy with the way the boys have started the year,” Kennedy said.

Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy