PROUD BUNCH: Award winners and support staff at the Monto Roos 2019 end of season dinner at the Grand Hotel.
PROUD BUNCH: Award winners and support staff at the Monto Roos 2019 end of season dinner at the Grand Hotel. Alex Treacy

Roos president issues rallying cry for footy's future

THE president of the Monto Roos has issued a passionate rallying cry to his men in blue at their end-of-season function, telling them they can't let football die in the town.

This season was the Roos' first since 2016 and although they didn't claim a regular season victory, coming closest in a 24-all draw against Gayndah Gladiators, president and sometimes-player Damien Zieth said that the club did "really, really well” in their return season.

"We've got a really good group that we can build on,” Zieth said.

"All we need to do fellas, is we can't let it die.

"Whatever happens next year, all these guys in this room and anyone who's half thinking about it, needs to be there next year.

"We need to do this as a community, as mates, we really need to get together.

"It's up to all you fellas to make it.”

Zieth said there was cause for optimism with the return of junior football to the North Burnett this year, in the form of carnival days and curtain-raisers for the senior games.

"I think that's fantastic, that's the first time in, I don't know, 15 years probably, we've seen junior footy in Monto and that's because of you guys,” Zieth said.

"They see you guys playing, they want to be there one day.

"Without juniors, footy will fold.”

Zieth offered a special thanks to his wife Bec and club secretary Brieanna Curtis, who was instrumental in coordinating the juniors.

"We need you guys.... Footballers are useless,” Zieth said.

"We are the most hopeless people you will ever find in your life.

"We actually did not turn up to a game this year where everyone bought their boots.

"Not once this year did everyone turn up with their clothes.”

Coach Mat Dahtler said the "biggest moment” for him all season was the Roos' 74-0 thrashing at the hands of a rampant Mundubbera Tigers.

"For a club that's rebuilding, that was probably the thing that made me proudest, nobody gave up and everybody was happy to have a dig,” Dahtler said.

"You all were there playing for each other, you weren't doing it for anyone else except each other.

"46-0 at half-time, to come into the second half and keep playing, not give it away, that was the turning point for me.”

Dahtler gave his coach's award to a pair of players from Eidsvold, Hayden Pope and David Fuller.

"I really thought the Eidsvold boys stood up and made a difference when we were short on numbers for a big part of the year,” he said.

Tyson Dahtler claimed a stunning hat-trick of awards, being named players' player, player of the year and best forward.

The only thing that didn't go right for Tyler on the night was the beer he tried to skol in celebration, which ended up mostly on the floor after he gagged.

Another Dahtler, Jarod, claimed best and fairest and most points, while a third Dahtler, Brock, was named most improved, alongside Oscar Strang.

Quinn Nancarrow was awarded best back, James Dederer the most consistent, and 'Mad Dog' Miguel Herrera the rookie of the year.

Curtis was awarded the clubman of the year.

"We wouldn't be here without her, the things that go on behind the scenes that people don't see is phenomenal,” Zieth said.

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