Roos left heart­bro­ken once again

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

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.

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