Roos bounce back

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

The Deni Rovers drove a blow through Kata­matite’s heart in round 18 of the Pi­cola and Dis­trict Foot­ball League, vi­tally harm­ing the Tigers’ fi­nals hopes with a 44-point win.

At Kata­matite Recre­ation Re­serve, the Tigers jumped well and led at quar­ter-time be­fore the Roos put the foot down in the sec­ond quar­ter, with four goals to none open­ing up a 23 point gap at the break.

With their sea­son po­ten­tially on the line the Tigers got right back into the con­test in a com­pet­i­tive third term, within 13 points at the fi­nal change of ends.

But with the wind at their backs, the Roos had lit­tle to worry about, with a strong 5.8 hav­ing them fin­ish at full speed to claim a comfortable win.

It was an im­por­tant win for the Rovers, bounc­ing back well from a sur­pris­ing loss at the hands of Ber­ri­gan last week­end, mov­ing to 14-2 for the year to re­tain sec­ond spot on the lad­der.

For Kata­matite, they must win their fi­nal two games of the sea­son against Mathoura and Pi­cola United and gain two per cent on Katunga to fin­ish eighth and play fi­nals.

Dy­lan Kerr and Adam Bodey starred for Deni along with Dave Smith, who kicked three goals.

Joe Hay im­pressed, kick­ing two goals to be named among the team’s best, while skip­per Andy May and vet­eran de­fender


Matt Horne also played cru­cial roles for the Roos.

Tigers’ play­ing coach Jedd Wright kicked three goals with Pat Rior­dan again the side’s best.

Fi­nal score, Deni Rovers 13.16 (94) to Kata­matite 7.8 (50).

Rovers coach Josh Bode said he was pleased with his side’s en­deav­our against an in-form Kata­matite.

‘‘We brought the right hunger and our pres­sure was ex­cel­lent,’’ he said.

‘‘Our skills prob­a­bly let us down a bit early but we were cer­tainly play­ing with the right at­ti­tude.

‘‘We need to make the most of our op­por­tu­ni­ties though be­cause again we were in­ac­cu­rate in front of goal.

‘‘To have 29 scor­ing shots and not reach triple fig­ures isn’t ideal, but we’re happy to take the win.’’

The vic­tory came at a heavy cost for the Roos, with Ricky Wa­ters (shoul­der), Nathan Kerr (ham­string) and Al­lan Bond (knee) all go­ing down with in­juries.

‘‘Hope­fully the in­juries aren’t too se­ri­ous,’’ Bode said.

‘‘Bondy dis­lo­cated his kneecap so he’ll prob­a­bly miss a few games, but I’m still yet to find out what the dam­age is on Ricky and Nathan.

‘‘The pleas­ing thing was that we were able to still close out the game strongly with no bench.

‘‘Joe Hay made the most of his op­por­tu­nity with a full game and has prob­a­bly ce­mented his spot in the se­niors af­ter Satur­day.

‘‘While it’s not the right time of year to start hav­ing in­juries it’s good to see blokes like Joe step up and show that we do have that depth.’’

The Rovers reserves im­proved their win­loss record to 16-0 with a 97 point vic­tory over the Tigers.

Fi­nal score, Deni Rovers 14.13 (97) to Kata­matite no score.

Vet­eran for­ward Benji Hard­man was im­pres­sive, slot­ting four ma­jors in a best on ground per­for­mance, with Caleb Weir (three goals) and Liam Flem­ing (three) also hit­ting the score­board.

Xan­der Lan­dale dom­i­nated in the ruck and Damian Hope played well in the mid­dle of the ground with de­fend­ers Lachie Joice and Jamie Thorpe clos­ing out the Rovers’ bet­ter play­ers.

Rovers on­baller Joe Hay gets his kick away on Satur­day.

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