Tough day out for Demons
Jerilderie were severely outmatched in their 132 point loss to visiting Waaia in round 13 of the Picola Football League on Saturday.
The Demons came out with a positive attitude against the undefeated Bombers and didn’t take a step back with all lines doing their bit.
With the inclusion of Grant Patrick Smith in the backline for his first senior game, the Demons kept the pressure on the Bombers and were only a few points down at the first break.
The second term was looking like the first as the Demons kept up the effort with youngsters Zac Barlow and Mitch A’Vard trying hard all day. But with only two players on the bench, it was always going to be a tough ask to contain the Bombers.
Brad Parker and coach Chris Marshall led by example along with Nick Parker and Grant Patrick Smith in the backline.
The second half saw Waaia show their class to draw away to be easy victors.
Final score, Jerilderie 5.2 (32) to Waaia 24.20 (164).
The reserves come out with positive attacking football.
Greg Lawton was one of the Demons’ best, taking a ‘hanger’ in the first quarter.
Down back, Troy Mauger and Kip Barlow showed that age is no barrier with both having exceptional games.
After the first break the Bombers put their foot down for the rest of the game to pull away for an easy win.
Fergus O’Sullivan tried hard all day in the ruck, while Tom Bryce played his usual hard at the ball style of football.
Zac Rochford continues to improve each week and Joe Catena was also one of Jerilderie’s best.
Final score, Jerilderie 1.3 (9) to Waaia 18.12 (126).
Finally a full under 17s team and the results showed with a competitive effort across the board.
Glen DiLullo was solid in defence with Jayden Catena continuing to improve at full back.
Ben Browning and Charlie Simpson provided options up forward, while Oliver Knight played his best game for the season, racking up possessions on the wing and snapping a classy goal from the pocket.
Ben Neessen and Jack Hatty also played strong games.
Final score, Jerilderie 5.4 (34) to Waaia 20.10 (130).
The Demons had a good win against the Bombers, with Ben Anthony having a great game in the ruck.
Matt Sleeman was dangerous up forward kicking two goals, while Justin Lawton ran all day off half back, also finishing with two goals.
The young Bombers were never out of the game with some strong last line of defence play, denying the Demons shots on goal.
Lucy Simpson made a welcome return to the side with plenty of run, while Travis Lawton and Zander Nash picked up plenty of possessions around the ground.
Final score, Jerilderie 4.3 (27) to Waaia 1.1 (7).
Finley Bowling Club has welcomed the news that popular member Bob Poore has chosen to sponsor an annual pairs event for the next eight years.
The event — cheekily titled ‘Poore Bob Pairs’ — started last year and is sponsored out of Bob’s own pocket, such is his passion for the club. The most recent event was held last month.
The idea to have an event named after Bob started about 18 months ago, but where the money for the event came from started about five years ago when he joined the Bowling Club.
‘‘I won money in the raffle twice and didn’t know what to do with it; I didn’t need the money,’’ Poore said.
‘‘I told Fred Braybon (club manager) to put it back into the club and he said the club would use it for something eventually.
‘‘Unfortunately my wife Dawn died two years ago and they were thinking of putting a memorial up for her, however since they joke around about me as ‘Poore Bob’ they thought it would stick better.
‘‘They all call me ‘Poore Bob’ around the club and it’s now even on my bowls jacket.’’
The ‘Poore Bob Pairs’ was originally $600 in combined prizemoney, but it was elevated to $1000 this year.
Bob, 88, said the recent ‘Poore Bob Pairs’ event was a success.
‘‘It was good to see about 26 pairs sign up and it filled the club right up,’’ he said.
‘‘Hopefully it can be like that every year. Last year it was full and quite a few of them came back to bowl again this year.’’
Bob never played bowls before joining the club five years ago. He lives close by and frequently visits the ‘Bowlo’, attending the Thursday and Friday night raffles.
Bob said he plays with a bowler’s arm and usually leads during pennant season.
Despite the bowler’s arm and a lack of experience it hasn’t stopped him from improving and even taking home a few tournament titles including the Club Pairs Championships with top Finley Bowling Club bowler Geoff Trevorrow.
‘‘The special tournaments are quite good, like the Rotary Bowls Day which is always good to play,’’ Bob said.
‘‘I never played bowls until I joined the club . . . it gets me out and about and it’s a good activity.
‘‘I don’t rate myself very highly but I have improved a lot since I started.
‘‘The people are all right. I don’t have any trouble with them or get into any fights,’’ Bob laughed.
‘‘You can get good help from your fellow players; they will always tell me where I’m going right and wrong.’’