Another ton for Dees superboot
Jerilderie’s Aaron Purcell boots 15 to take season tally to 101
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.