Cross-code warrior kicks on

CROSS-CODER Dean Hoy enjoyed his highest scoring game of AFL last Saturday when he kicked 11 goals in the local derby at No 1 Oval.

Hoy is a former soccer player, rugby league premiership winner for West Lions , Pirates rugby back and now an AFL forward for the Tamworth Roos.

The Roos came into the the first of three Billy Holder Cup games against the Swans on the back of two very strong wins from two games.

Hoy kicked one goal in the first game against Gunnedah before opening up to share the spoils with Matt Hodge last week against Narrabri when they kicked six each.

This week he exploded in front of goal in the final quarter to kick seven on the back of silver service from the midfield.

Tamworth Kangaroo Dean Hoy gets to the ball before Tamworth Swan Seamus Traynor at Tamworth’s No 1 Oval on Saturday. Photo: Barry Smith 170514BSF18

Tamworth Kangaroo Dean Hoy gets to the ball before Tamworth Swan Seamus Traynor at Tamworth’s No 1 Oval on Saturday. Photo: Barry Smith 170514BSF18

The Roos defence was a standout, with the Swans finding it very hard to get any penetration into the pocket as Brad Rees held the defence in solid formation.

The end of the third quarter saw the lead reduced to only 18 points but then the Dean Hoy show started.

With a constant stream of ball getting to the front, Hoy was on fire in front of the sticks.

A couple were open goals and a couple he had to work for but in the end he kicked seven goals and one behind in under 20 minutes.

With usual goalscoring whiz Hodge away, Hoy filled the role perfectly.

“Yeah, I have never kicked that many before. It was pretty good,” Hoy said.

“I was getting a lot of good ball in at the end there.” 

A huge goal from outside the fifty metre box to young star Alex Hudson closed the game out.

Despite Hoy kicking well over half the side’s points, it was back flank Rees who earned the nod from coach Brett Douglas.

“He read the ball so well today and was very vocal,” Douglas said.

“He just repels the football so well at the back.”

While the Roos have had a great start with three from three they are in for a tough two weeks as they head to the New England.

They will take on both of last year’s grand finalists, Inverell on Saturday, before lining up against premiers and favourites, the New England Nomads the following week.

The Nomads are in top form after beating the Swans by 200 points a fortnight ago and then easily accounting for the Saints on Saturday.

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