Roos bounce back
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.