Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Rennie hop over Roos in final round

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The Deniliquin Rovers finished a disappoint­ing season with a 34 point loss to Rennie on Saturday.

The Roos started slowly and were never able to regain the ascendancy, despite an improved second half.

Rennie were up by an even four goals at quarter time, having opened with 4.3 to the Rovers’ three behinds.

They also dominated the second term with another four goals, although Rovers were able to boot two goals, as they trailed 8.5 to 2.4 at the long break.

It was a better second half by the Rovers but the damage had been done.

They narrowed the margin to 25 points after kicking three goals in the third term, but Rennie steadied with two goals to Rovers’ one in the last quarter.

The Rovers, who too often this year have performed well in the first half but tired in the second, brought competitiv­eness to their third stanza, using their midfield strength to win contests while defenders were able to keep out all but one goal.

The momentum dropped away in the final term as the Rovers squandered a few chances and kicked just one major, while the Hoppers added another two.

Playing coach Alex Hay was the Rovers’ main goalkicker to see out the final round, kicking three across the match, while mainstays Andy May and Thomas Chandler earned one each.

Final score: Rennie 11.11 (77) to Rovers 6.7 (43).

The Rovers finished the season secondto-last in 14th place as Rennie took their spot in 13th.

Best players: James Gilligan, Alex Hay, Andy May, Thomas Chandler, James Kirby.

Rovers’ reserves have missed the finals after suffering a 54 point loss to Rennie, who took eighth position and a finals berth with their win.

Before the match Rovers held eight place over Rennie by percentage.

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