Roos aim to build on their hot start

Luke Gestier in action for Corowa-Rutherglen against Wang Rovers.

Luke Gestier in action for Corowa-Rutherglen against Wang Rovers.

COROWA-Rutherglen star Luke Gestier says the resurgent Roos can’t afford a slip-up against North Albury today.

Corowa-Rutherglen hasn’t started a season 5-2 since 2005.

After stunning Wangaratta Rovers by 19 points last weekend, Gestier said the Roos needed to use that result as a launching pad for the rest of the season.

“We need to bring the same attitude again,” Gestier said.

“Last week was fantastic and hopefully it’s a bit of a springboard for us.

“I’ve found out pretty quickly there’s no easy games in this league.

“I’ve seen North Albury play and they’re an exciting side so we can’t take them lightly.”

Gestier, who has been a revelation up forward for the Roos this year, said a bumper pre-season had paved the way for the club’s hot start.

Corowa-Rutherglen has finished games strongly this season and it’s handed the Roos an extra couple of wins.

“We’ve developed that ability to run out games when we’ve really needed to, which is a good habit to have,” Gestier said.

“Myrtleford is a good example of that and Wangaratta in round 1, too.

“Having a big pre-season was a big thing for me when I joined.”

While there is a buzz coming from John Foord Oval at the moment, Gestier said the Roos weren’t getting ahead of themselves.

They sit fourth on the ladder and are two wins clear of Wangaratta and Wangaratta Rovers.

“I know it’s a cliche, but we’re taking it week by week,” he said.

“Look, finals is definitely there for us now because we’ve given ourselves a great start but there is still more than half a season to go.

“Injuries, form and confidence can all play a part.”

One thing the Roos aren’t lacking is confidence.

“As you get older you should still be able to play without it but it’s great the young guys have it at the moment,” Gestier said.

“They know they’ve done the work over the summer and are riding that wave.

“Bryce (Campbell) really put it on a few of us to stand up this year and I’ve really worked on my leadership and having more of a voice on the ground.”