Purcell to debut

April 13, 2018

Rovers recruit Aaron Purcell will don the blue and the white guernsey for the first time tomorrow.

The Deni Rovers travel to Berrigan for one of the weekend’s marquee Picola League fixtures tomorrow.

Key forward and Picola League powerhouse Aaron Purcell will make his debut for the Roos in the massive clash, with fellow key forward Brendan Hope also set for his first game of the season.

Rovers coach Josh Bode said he is excited to see the pair in action.

‘‘Last week we had to change things up with our structure because we were missing them (Purcell and Hope),’’ he said.

‘‘We can go back to the gameplan we’ve been carrying out over pre-season with our centre half forward and full forward back in.

‘‘This will keep Brody Lumber playing up the ground where he can get his hands on the ball more.’’

Both sides enter the battle off the back of quality wins — the Saints trouncing Tocumwal on Good Friday by 75 points before having last week off, while the Roos impressed in a thrilling six-point win against Strathmerton on Saturday.

The Roos made a strong start to last week’s match, kicking five unanswered goals in the first 15 minutes of the match.

The Saints were also fast starters in round one, with 12 scoring shots in the first quarter and a lead of 36 points at the first break.

Bode said the extra break for the Saints won’t worry his side.

‘‘We’re going over there backing ourselves in,’’ he said.

‘‘Last week we showed that we can tough it out so Saturday (tomorrow) will be just another challenge for us.

‘‘Berrigan are always competitive and it’s definitely going to be another big test.

‘‘But if our efforts are up like they were last week then we should be in a good position to win.’’

Berrigan’s Jake Dalgliesh was in sizzling form first-up, booting six goals in a best-on-ground performance against Tocumwal, with Mark McQualter and Jacob Sampson also impressive in the middle.

Last week, the Rovers’ off-season additions wasted no time making an impact, with forward Ricki Waters snagging five goals on debut.

Dylan and Nathan Kerr were also among the star players, showing plenty of class and dash through the middle of the park.

If last season’s second meeting between the sides is anything to go by, footy fans could be in for an absolute treat on Saturday with just seven points separating them in round 15.

The Roos were challenged in the last quarter against the Bulldogs last week but fought out a character-building win which should fuel belief among the group.

Selection: Deni Rovers by a goal (again).

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