'Footy is back in Rosewood'
THE ROSEWOOD Roosters players were easy to spot on the Anzac Park field on Saturday night.
The red and white of the Roosters, coupled with the green and white of the Jets may not have won many awards for fashion.
But the nine Roosters who donned a Jets jersey in the pre-season BRL clash against Souths Logan were not there to look pretty, they were there for the nitty-gritty.
To that end, Roosters president Shane Brandley believes they more than acquitted themselves.
"The boys were really excited (to play for the Jets), they really enjoyed the experience and I think realised they have what it takes to play at that level,” Brandley said.
"It was a bit of a gauge for them I think. They're the senior group in our team, and it will be up to them to lead the younger blokes along.
"To play at that level, it shows they're up to that standard of competition. It gave them some good confidence for the season.”
The end result - 38-20 to the visiting Magpies - meant little in the grand scheme of things.
More important to Brandley was the 1100 paying spectators who moved through the Anzac Park gates; proof the president says, that "footy is back in Rosewood”.
"It was just the thing we needed, to get a good night of football in town,” he said.
"To see those boys out there in the BRL side in their red and white shorts, everyone could pick who they were.
"The atmosphere was excellent, the crowd was well-behaved and there was some really good football played.
"Many thanks again to the Jets and Souths Logan for coming out. They're very professional in what they do, and everyone enjoyed the day.”