The Deni Rams fourths continued their unbeaten start to the season with an 88 point win in Katandra on Sunday.
The game started in slippery conditions with some dew on the ground. But that didn’t deter Tom McCallum and Charlie Hillier (two goals) who showed exceptional skills with numerous centre breaks setting up scoring opportunities.
Katandra were well drilled and moved the ball out of defence cleanly, with coach Tim Hillier directing his players to hold their positions so the forward line didn’t become to congested.
With the Kats having three extra players in defence, Miller Fitzpatrick (one goal), Marcus Moorse, Tom Bradley (two) and Darcy McManus (four) spent the majority of their time outside of the 50m arc to rebound the ball back into the forwards.
The backline had little work with the majority of the play forward of centre, but players were swapped to give everyone an opportunity to be involved in play.
Lugaidh Jennings-Gallagher (one goal) showed his flexibility by rucking in the second half, while Jackson Jefferies played his best game for the season. Kaileb Wilson also contributed well, finishing with two goals.
Final score, Deni Rams 12.16 (88) to Katandra no score.
The Rams thirds made their way to the top of the ladder with a blistering 85 point win.
Djaidha Miller (seven goals) and Darcy Morris (five) combined beautifully up forward, with Will Shaw (two) and Ryan MacDonald running hard all day in the middle. Others who played well were Dylan Mills and Cameron Crockart.
Final score, Deni Rams 17.9 (111) to Katandra 4.2 (26).
Another all-round team performance saw the Deni Rovers fourths cruise to a 184 point win over Jerilderie in round four of the Picola & District League on Saturday.
The Roos kept their opponent scoreless while kicking 28.17 in a game highlighted by the 11 to 12 year-olds combining well with the top age players.
Young guns Deagan Purcell (two goals), Cameron Wills, Jace Collins (two), Eddie Dudley (two) and Liam East used the ball well by hand and foot to bring other players into the game.
Onballer Raymond Murphy (eight goals) was again best on ground, with full forward Bailey Caruso (eight) also kicking goals at will.
Tom Blake was dominant in the ruck, with half backs Haydn Mowat and Maisy Edwards, and wingman Jackson Muldoon-Leetham providing plenty of run.
After some wayward kicking early, the Rovers thirds straightened up late to post a 107 point win over reigning premier Jerilderie.
Tim McDonnell led the way up forward with six majors while Kaiden Joss and Braith Wade continued their good form. The Roos’ best was closed out by Tom Chandler, Ollie McDonald, Ryan Borella-Holscier and Lourens Geldenhuys.
Final score, Deni Rovers 19.18 (132) to Jerilderie 4.1 (25).
Mathoura and Blighty’s fourths game followed the senior match at Blighty on Saturday, with the Timbercutters claiming victory in a two point thriller.
Mathoura took a small lead into quarter time, with the rest of the game intense to watch as both teams traded blows.
Blighty’s Harry Boyd goaled with two minutes left on the clock to put the Redeyes in front, before the Timbercutters pinched the win with a goal from the last kick of the day.
Best for Blighty were Jack Charlton, Dean Macdonald, Harry Boyd, Hugh Burton, Charlie Waters and Sam Dudley.
For Mathoura it was Heath Turner, Robert Fleischer, Alvin Cooper, Shaleah Cooper, Tomas Banks and Nick Pell who were named among the best.
Final score, Mathoura 8.6 (54) to Blighty 8.4 (52).