Jerilderie thirds dominant in grand final win over Picola
Jerilderie thirds coach Sam Catena said his side was ‘‘the most determined team’’ he’s ever coached and they proved that as they smashed their way to ultimate glory in Blighty on Saturday.
The Dees dismantled Picola United in the Picola League grand final, keeping their perfect record in tact, finishing the year with 18 wins and zero losses following their 90 point thrashing of the Blues.
Despite kicking against the breeze in the first term, the Demons asserted their dominance early, kicking 4.4 to one point to lead by 27 points at quarter time.
Scoring slowed down in the second term, Picola managing their only goal for the game, also scoring a behind, while Jerilderie added a further 2.1 to their tally to lead by 33 points at the main break.
The Dees put the result beyond doubt in the premiership quarter, extending their lead to 56 points, before saving their best quarter for last.
The Demons closed out the game with 12 scoring shots, kicking an inaccurate 5.7 to 0.3, in what was an impressive finale to a tremendous season.
Jerilderie onballer Mitch A’Vard earned himself the best on ground medal, with teammates Logan Fitzgerald, Lachlan Kennet, Nash Fitzgerald and Jordan Anthony all playing strong games too.
Final score, Jerilderie 15.13 (103) to Picola Utd 1.7 (13).
Catena said it was the best game his side has played all year.
‘‘I was nervous going into the game,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve never seen a team contribute so much on the ground.
‘‘These boys showed four quarter efforts and it was the whole attitude of the players that helped us to a win.’’
The Jerilderie thirds had a tremendous season, claiming the minor premiership for finishing on top of the ladder.
They also had individual success with full forward Jordan Anthony becoming a century goalkicker, kicking 125 goals in the home and away season (129 in total) to claim the league leading goalkicker medal.
It was the club’s first flag in the thirds since 2012, a season where the Demons lost just one game.
RIGHT: Jerilderie’s thirds celebrate their emphatic grand final win with the premiership cup on Saturday.