Tough day out for De­mons

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

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.’’

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