Roos host Jerilderie
The Deni Rovers will be on the hunt for a big win when they host cellar dwellers Jerilderie in round 15 of the Picola & District League tomorrow.
The Roos are fresh off two big wins against top four sides Picola United and Strathmerton and will be aiming to extend their winloss margin to 13-1.
The Demons on the other hand reached a new low last week, falling to 2017 wooden spooners Yarroweyah by 31 points, leaving them in the dreaded 13th spot on the ladder.
It was a one way affair when these sides met in round four, with the Rovers thumping Jerilderie by 155 points at Monash Park.
Despite this Roos assistant coach Brody Lumber, who is set to return to the line-up this week, expects a tough contest from the Dees.
‘‘The thing with Jerilderie is that they always have a crack and give 100 per cent,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s always a tough game against them, we were only two goals up at quarter time (last time) even though we went on to win by a big margin.
‘‘We’re focused on playing to our structure and preparing for finals now.
‘‘We’ve nearly secured second spot on the ladder, so we need to make sure we can play how we want to over four quarters consistently.’’
The Rovers defeated Strathmerton by 18 points last week thanks to the likes of recruits Des Morgan, James Gilligan, Nathan Kerr and Ricky Waters.
The only issue coming out of last week was the Rovers’ accuracy in front of goal, kicking 8.17 for the day.
‘‘If you look at most of the scores from the weekend most teams struggled in front of goal,’’ Lumber said.
‘‘It was tough conditions for goal kicking, so I’m quite confident we can fix our accuracy up this week.’’
Roos key forward Aaron Purcell will be looking for another big performance against his former club, after kicking 10 majors back in round four.
Grant-Patrick Smith played an almost lone hand for Jerilderie last round and will need plenty more help from the likes of playing-coach Chris Marshall and Brad Parker if they’re any chance of challenging the red-hot Rovers.
Selection: Deni Rovers by over 100 points.