Deni Rovers fourths made an emphatic statement in round one of the Picola & District League, downing Strathmerton by 225 points at Memorial Park on Saturday.
The Roos dominated the match from start to finish, with the ball rarely entering their defensive 50.
The Rovers moved the ball well, sharing it with creative handball, with some of the younger members of the team getting heavily involved.
Onballer Raymond Murphy was a clear best on ground, with numerous centre clearances and kicking nine goals, while Brock Redden starred up forward with 11 majors with Bailey Caruso bobbing up for three.
Izayah Gazzara, Jai Ezard and ruckman Will Martin were outstanding in the middle of the ground with Haydn Mowat rebounding from centre half back beautifully for the Roos.
The Rovers thirds started well with some good work out of the middle but just couldn’t quite convert to the scoreboard, going down to a strong Strathmerton by 96 points.
Strathmerton took their chances and at half time held a massive lead, with the Roos unable to peg back the margin.
Final score, Strathmerton 15.15 (105) to Deni Rovers 1.3 (9).
To the Rovers’ credit, they persevered and shut down some of the Dogs’ better players and can be proud of the effort against some strong opposition.
Better players for the day were Ben East who battled hard in all areas of the ground, as well as Brock Thomson, Bailey Townsend, Braith Wade, Ryan Holschier (one goal) and Lachie Hillier, the latter coming up from the fourths to play.
Deni Rams fourths player Tom Bradley celebrated his 50th game for the club in style, being named among the best players in their 110 point win over Rumbalara in the Murray League on Saturday.
The backline played with great discipline repelling Rumba’s attack at Hardinge St Oval to help steer the Rams to their second win from two games.
Deni’s midfielders Charlie Hillier, Zac Free, Tom McCallum and Miller Fitzpatrick showed some real class and provided plenty of ball for the forwards and pushed back to help the defenders throughout the game.
The Rams had a lot of scoring opportunities and the forward line functioned well.
Kaileb Wilson, switching between the ruck and the forward line, slotted five goals, with Darcy McManus (three) and Luke Todd (two) the other multiple goal scorers
Josh Mills and Marcus Moorse made their debut and acquitted themselves well.
Coach Tim Hillier was pleased with the younger players who are early in their careers and encouraged them to keep up the good work.
The Rams’ thirds also had a tremendous day, knocking off Rumba by 67 points.
After a tight first term, the Rams stormed home to a massive win booting 12 goals to three in the remaining quarters.
Final score, Deni Rams 14.12 (96) to Rumbalara 4.5 (29).
Will Shaw was a clear best on ground for the Rams, slotting five majors for the day, with Luke White bobbing up for three.
Cooper Wallace and Dylan Mills were in the thick of the action while Ryan MacDonald and Cable Fitzpatrick backed up impressive games last week by being named among the best again.
Darcy Morris also had a strong showing.
Blighty’s fourths struggled against Katunga in their Picola League round one clash, going down to the Swans by 102 points at Katunga on Saturday.
Although being beaten by a bigger and stronger team the Blighty boys played football in the right manner.
Final score, Katunga 17.8 (110) to Blighty 1.2 (8).
The Redeyes had some good passages of play by both hand and feet, but will need to work hard on both sides of the body.
Better players were Will Bull, Charlie Bull, Jack Charlton, Dean Macdonald, Jack Gavel, Charlie Waters and Seth Morris. The encouragement award went to Nick Taylor.
It was a tough day for Blighty’s thirds, defeated by Katunga to the tune of 117 points.
To the Redeyes’ credit they never gave up, kicking two goals to the Swans’ three in the third term.
Final score, Katunga 20.15 (135) to Blighty 3.0 (18).
Adrian Laverty was best on ground followed by Jack Sides, Billy Michael and Jake Boyd for the Redeyes.
Mathoura’s fourths were unable to hold off a fast finishing Picola United, going down by 10 points on Saturday.
The Timbercutters led by 11 points at the final break with the Blues dominating the last quarter to run away with the win.
Final score, Picola Utd 8.6 (54) to Mathoura 7.3 (44).
Alvin Cooper starred for Mathoura to be named best on ground, while Kyle Magro returned three goals in a tremendous effort.
The Timbercutters were also well served by Jack Pell and Seth Langman.