Roos left heartbroken once again
It was deja vu for the Deni Rovers in A grade, going down to Tocumwal in the Picola League grand final for a third year in a row in Blighty on Saturday.
After a tight first half, the Bloods worked themselves to a six goal lead by three quarter time.
The Roos were unable to close this gap, and despite their best efforts, found themselves down by seven goals at the final whistle.
The premiership win saw the Bloods close out their year with a perfect record of 18-0, in a dominant season on their way to a three-peat.
The loss was heartbreaking for the Roos, who are still left chasing their first piece of silverware in A grade.
Tocumwal mid-courter Millie Ferguson claimed back to back best on court medal wins, taking intercept after intercept throughout the game.
Final score, Tocumwal 47 to Deni Rovers 40.
The Rovers started off strong against Toc, with scores level at quarter time at 11-all.
After missed opportunities and a few bad passages of play, the Roos trailed slightly at the main break, 24 to 22.
Following the break the Bloods asserted themselves, turning the ball over on numerous occasions and making the most of their scoring opportunities to lead 35 to 29 with one quarter to play.
The final quarter saw an even battle, but the damage had already been done.
Rovers coach Jemma Kerr said it was the third quarter that proved the difference.
‘‘Toc made changes with their WA and changed their shooting combination in the third and they took control,’’ she said.
‘‘We were looking all right at half time but the third quarter broke us.’’
Tocumwal’s Leah Pate shut down league best and fairest Lucy Howard, restricting her to only eight goals for the game.
For the Roos, Nat Henthorn was strong in defence keeping her side in the game throughout the contest.
‘‘Leah is very talented. She was physical and did a great job on Lucy,’’ Kerr said.
‘‘Nat Henthorn just did what she does best but I’m proud of the team as a whole.
‘‘For a team that’s a completely different line-up (to last year) to finish second overall is fantastic.
‘‘If we can keep most of the girls next year then we should be there in the grand final again.
‘‘It was a great season and I thank the girls for their efforts.’’
Young guns Jackie Thorpe (left) from Deni Rovers and Tocumwal’s Gracie Reid in action in the A grade grand final. Photo courtesy David Jackson.