Another ton for Dees su­per­boot

Jer­ilderie’s Aaron Pur­cell boots 15 to take sea­son tally to 101

Southern Riverina news - - SPORT -

Jer­ilderie star Aaron Pur­cell has be­come the first player since 1981 to kick back-to-back tons in the Pi­cola & District Foot­ball League’s reg­u­lar sea­son.

All eyes were on the De­mons su­per­boot at Jer­ilderie’s Monash Park on Satur­day, where he kicked his 100th goal in the fi­nal quar­ter against the Deni Rovers.

It was Pur­cell’s 14th goal for the match and he added one more to his tally as the Dees smoked Deni by 178 points, 34.17 (221) to 7.1 (43).

Ba­rooga leg­end Gary Fraser was the last player to kick 100 goals in two con­sec­u­tive reg­u­lar sea­sons.

He first reached the ton in 1980 when he booted 100 goals, be­fore adding 107 the fol­low­ing year and 122 in 1982 as Ba­rooga won it’s sec­ond flag in a row.

But Pur­cell’s ef­fort from last sea­son is the stuff of fan­tasy, with the dec­o­rated Jer­ilderie vet­eran leav­ing all in his wake as he piled on 222 goals (211 in the reg­u­lar sea­son).

He broke through the 100-goal mark in round eight - a Pi­cola league record - and need­less to say, his fi­nal tally was also a club and league record.

Two weeks ago, the 35 year-old Pur­cell broke the De­mons’ all-time games record when stepped out of the race for the 261st time. He made his se­nior de­but when he was 15.

His lat­est ef­fort adds to a stun­ning ca­reer that in­cludes six pre­mier­ships at his home club.

On Satur­day, Pur­cell was look­ing danger­ous up for­ward in the first quar­ter but in­ac­cu­rate kick­ing left him goal­less for the term.

The start of the game was fairly even but the De­mons man­aged to break through to lead by five goals at quar­ter­time.

The sec­ond term saw James Gil­li­gan pro­vid­ing drive from the back line and his brother Tom was show­ing pace on the wing to force the ball for­ward.

Pur­cell kicked his first goal five min­utes into sec­ond the quar­ter and had added four more be­fore half-time.

The Dees kicked nine goals in the third term to pull fur­ther away from the Rovers.

An­drew and Dy­lan May were get­ting plenty of the ball against their for­mer team, as was Alan Bond who made his pres­ence felt around the ground.

The fi­nal term saw thirds player Joe Catena subbed on for his first se­nior game and with his first kick he found Pur­cell, who goaled for the 100th time this sea­son.

Nick Keat­ing was un­stop­pable through the cen­tre, help­ing the De­mons to a mas­sive win - one that will go a long way to se­cur­ing the mi­nor pre­mier­ship.

Jer­ilderie trav­els to Blighty this Satur­day be­fore host­ing Pi­cola United in the last home-and-away game of the sea­son on Au­gust 9.

Best - A May, D May, N Keat­ing, A Pur­cell, J Gil­li­gan, A Bond; Goals - A Pur­cell 15, A May 3, C Hil­lary 2, T Bryce 2, N Keat­ing 2, C Lock­hart 1, J Read 1.

Jer­ilderie’s re­serves also had a good win over the Rovers, 10.17 (77) to 2.4 (16).

The De­mons’ first quar­ter of footy wasn’t all that in­spir­ing, with the side un­able to take ad­van­tage of an un- der­manned Rovers and go­ing into the break just four points in front.

Ben Nash pro­vided plenty of run and drive and young Tom Murphy was out­stand­ing when forc­ing the ball for­ward. The sec­ond quar­ter saw more of the same with the Dees ex­tend­ing their lead to 11 points.

Scott McGil­livray, Cameron Arnold and Chris May were all ma­jor con­trib­u­tors, as usual, how­ever more play­ers need to step up if they want to go deep into fi­nals.

Af­ter some se­ri­ous soul search­ing at half-time, the De­mons started to run and sup­port each other and the goals started to flow.

The fi­nal term was the home team’s best, with the De­mons hold­ing Deni score­less while ex­tend­ing their lead to 61 points.

Thirds player Ned Beasley played his first game with the re­serves and his at­tack on the footy was ter­rific.

Mark Shaw and Brodie New­ton also showed great form through­out the game.

Best - C May, D Her­cus, B New­ton, M Shaw, S McGil­livray, T Murphy; Goals - S Mar­shall 5, B Nash 2, J Evans 1, T Murphy 1, M Shaw 1.

The Dees’ thirds had a great game against the Roos but ended up go­ing down, 8.8 (56) to 7.2 (44).

It was a hard first term with great work from Harry Leeds and Ja­cob Read.

The sec­ond term was a tug of war with Deni go­ing into the long break with a twogoal lead.

Joe Catena showed great at­tack on the footy and was play­ing well.

The third term was again hard fought with nei­ther side giv­ing an inch and both teams go­ing goal for goal.

In the last quar­ter the De­mons fought it out un­til the end with the boys go­ing down by two goals.

Zac Rochford showed a ton of courage go­ing in against boys nearly twice his size, and Nick Bald­win stepped up from the fourths to show he can match it with the thirds play­ers.

Best - H Leeds, J Read, H Curtin, J Catena, J Gre­gory, C Catena; Goals - H Curtin 2, J Gre­gory 2, J Catena 1, N Bald­win 1, J Read 1.

Aaron Pur­cell boots his 100th goal over the top of Rovers back­man Ben Thorpe.

Nick Keat­ing gets a kick away un­der pres­sure.

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