Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Undermanned Timbercutters chopped up
An injury-hit Mathoura were no match for the Deniliquin Rovers, who recorded their very first win for the season with a 149-point victory.
The win came after a good four quarter effort from the Rovers senior outfit.
Getting one on the board was a huge relief for coaching staff following a number of narrow losses, who are hoping this game will mark a turnaround in the results column.
The Roos kicked an early goal through coach Alex Hay and received plenty of drive from James Falcone, Raymond Murphy and Adam Bodey, who were winning most of the knock outs.
Mathoura kicked their first goal midway through the quarter, but Rovers replied immediately and led by six goals at quarter-time.
Inaccuracy in front of goal in the second quarter meant Rovers didn’t fully capitalise on their opportunities, but they still led by 11 goals at half-time.
The third quarter was the Rovers best for the day, straightening up in the forward line to kick 9.4 for the quarter.
Nick Sheldon was very dangerous up forward, kicking several goals for the quarter.
Raymond Murphy continued to dominate the centre breaks with several pin-point passes to set up goals.
Jack Pekin moved to centre half back and seemed to regain a lot of confidence by repulsing several Mathoura attacks, while Liam Headon relished his move to the wing.
Rovers managed to kick five goals in the last to cap off a good performance with many contributors.
Nick Ferrari and Nathan Neville were the Timbercutters’ only goal-kickers as Nick Sheldon (seven) and Alex Hay (five) ran rampant down forward for the Rovers.
Better players for the Rovers were James Falcone, Raymond Murphy, coach Alex Hay, Liam Headon and Jack Pekin.
Leading goalkickers were Nick Sheldon (7), Raymond Murphy (4) and Alex Hay with 5.
Mathoura and Deni now share a 1-5 record after Saturday’s encounter.
A growing injury list has hampered Mathoura’s efforts over the last two rounds, with as many as seven players missing in the defeat to the Saints last week.
Tungamah (first) and Waaia (second) are the last remaining undefeated sides in the PDFL.*