Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Third term costly for Roos
A third quarter fade out proved costly for the Deni Rovers thirds against an undefeated Berrigan in Picola & District League action on Saturday.
The Roos stuck with the Saints until half time, trailing by just five points at the main break of the round six clash.
Berrigan put the foot down after the break however, kicking 4.5 to Deni’s 1.0 to take a commanding 28 point lead into the last.
The Rovers continued to battle strongly in the final stanza, managing to outscore the Saints.
The damage was done however, Berrigan recording a 23 point win.
Final score, Berrigan 10.13 (73) Rovers 8.2 (50).
Onballer Raymond Murphy was Deni’s best with the usual suspects — Alvin Cooper, Haydn Mowat, Tom Blake, Khy Stovell and Tom Banks — also among the better players.
Stovell had yet another outstanding showing in front of goal, slotting four majors to bring his season tally to 24 after six rounds.
His closest rival in the goalkicking was Deni Rams player Darcy McManus, who also managed four on the day to finish the year with 15 goals from his five games with the Saints.
Berrigan’s Rams players starred on the day with Jack Richards, Cooper
Willoughby, Tom Bradley, McManus, Cable Fitzpatrick and Tom McCallum all named in the best.
In the fourths game, the Roos held off the Saints in a 13 point win to finish the season undefeated.
It was a tale of two halves with the Rovers jumping to a 21 point lead at the main break.
Berrigan tightened things up in defence in the second half, keeping the Roos scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Scoring was hard to come by for both sides however, with the Saints only able to add 1.2 for the half.
Final score, Deni
Berrigan 2.2 (14).
Better players for the Rovers were Cam Wills, Tyson Willis, Liam East, Bobby Hall, Bryce Lea and Jemika Cooper.
For the Saints it was Marcus Moorse, Logan Leiper, Xavier Fox, Luke Todd, Charlton Baxter and Farron Urrutia who starred.
The semi finals will be played in Berrigan this weekend.
The Rovers will face Berrigan will meet Blighty.
The winners of these clashes will move on to the grand final.