Roos host Jer­ilderie

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

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.

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