Aaron Purcell put his former side to the sword on Saturday, kicking 10 goals against Jerilderie in the Deni Rovers’ 155 point win.
The key forward looked right at home, with a bag of goals from Purcell at Jerilderie’s Monash Park a familiar site for Demons supporters. Except this time it was in a Deni Rovers jumper.
There were no signs of complacency from the Roos late in the game, the visitors delivering a knockout blow and piling on 10 goals in the last term to move to an unbeaten 4-0 start to sit on top of the Picola & District League ladder.
While Purcell had a strong showing, it was another former Demon in the form of onballer James Gilligan who was declared best on ground against his old side.
Rovers skipper Andrew May once again led by example while the Kerr brothers - Nathan (three goals) and Dylan (six) - and James Kirby also played well.
For Jerilderie it was playing-coach Chris Marshall who led by example to be best on ground with Dylan Henery showing great leadership in the backline and Brad Parker presenting a strong marking target around the ground.
Final score, Deni Rovers 28.21 (189) to Jerilderie 5.4 (34).
Rovers coach Josh Bode said he was pleased with the way his charges finished off the game.
‘‘We started a bit slow after having three big weeks in a row,’’ he said.
‘‘We were probably a bit too laid back at the start but that was addressed and fixed at quarter time.
‘‘To head into the last term with a big lead and still continue to work hard was crucial for us.
‘‘We’ve finished off games really well so far and we have to have that ruthlessness against every side.
‘‘A 4-0 start is great but there’s still a lot of footy left this year.’’
While the game had its standouts, it was the unsung heroes that proved the difference between the two sides according to Bode.
‘‘Each week we’ve had blokes like Alex Hay, Des Morgan and Brody Lumber playing really good footy but just missing out from being named as one of our best six players,’’ he said.
‘‘The whole side has been performing well and it’s caused a bit of pressure on spots in the side.
‘‘Ryan Brunker got the call up and earnt his spot the hard way through consistent performances in the twos and slotted in well.
‘‘Saturday was Nathan Kerr’s best game for us and it was good to see Aaron (Purcell) overcome some early nerves to finish strong.
‘‘We play Katamatite this week who have shown they can match it with better sides so it will be a tough game for us again.’’
It was a much tighter affair in the reserves, with the Roos holding on to a four point win over the Dees.
Final score, Deni Rovers 9.7 (61) to Jerilderie 9.3 (57).
Deni onballer Ryan Murray kicked two goals in a best on ground performance, with defenders Jack Hope, Boddie Arthur and Lachie Joice holding strong down back.
Rovers ruckman Xander Landale continued his good form with Reagan Leetham having a successful return from injury to be named among the better players.