With 5 rounds come and gone of AFL Ontario Footy, both the Men’s and Women’s sides have started well and look good going into the first long weekend of 2017.
For the men, with a large influx of brand new players after a mass exodus at the end of 2016, the rebuild looked to be in full effect and the year was almost considered a potentially rough one, especially after a rained out Round 1 (to be played in August) and a big loss in Ottawa Round 2. However after a highly successful recruitment drive – the addition of a mix of young, hungry, naturally talented and athletic new players has shown that the new look Roos will be a force to be reckoned with in 2017.
With the return of a number of thought-to-be retirees in Studham (7 goals in 1 game), Harris (9 in 2), Jacobs and Rigney (5 in 2) – the ship has been steadied with three consecutive wins over the Blues (21 pts), Dingos (42 pts) and Swans (19 pts). The Roo Boys will be sitting inside the top 4 at the break with a 3-1 record and a huge amount of confidence going into Round 6 in what should be a bug clash with the reigning champs and current #1 placed Rebels outfit that will truly test the mettle of these dangerous Kangaroos.
On the Women’s side – it’s business as usual for the two-time reigning premiers. The Lady Roos have continued their reign of dominance over the Women’s division in 2017 with a 4-0 record and a percentage in the thousands, it doesn’t seem like much can stop the rampaging Roos to a third consecutive flag.
With the addition of Lara Hilmi from the Sydney AFL competition and retaining most to if not all of their previous premiership players in captain Kirwan (who’s kicked an extraordinary 28 goals in 4 games), Loughnane, Irwin, Krock, Tyrcz, Rulloda, Mitchell and the Amaral sisters alongside successful, seasoned and highly sun-tanned head coach Greg Everett, the list of accolades looks set to grow even further. The cherry on top for this well-drilled team is a large number of international representatives for both the Northern Lights & Midnight Suns teams attending the International Club in Melbourne later this year.