A 10 goal haul from Deni Rovers assistant coach Brody Lumber has helped his side move to 5-0 for the Picola District Football League season with a comfortable home win against Katamatite on Saturday.
Lumber was the star of the show with a dominant performance in the absence of Aaron Purcell (rested), kicking more than half the side’s 18 majors.
After conceding the first goal it was smooth sailing for the Roos, getting the jump on the Tigers and building a 39 point lead at half time.
The Rovers continued on their way in the third term, with Katamatite’s frustration and lack of discipline highlighted with a free kick, double 100m penalty and a yellow card helping the home side build a 68-point lead by three-quarter time.
The Tigers battled manfully in the last, winning the final term to cut it back to a 57 point full-time margin.
Rovers skipper Andrew May and ruckman Adam Bodey were best for the Roos, with Ricky Waters, Damian Hope and Alex Hay continuing to shine for the Roos.
For the visitors it was Jordie Hallam who was best, with Brodie MacDonald (four goals) and Luke Riordan (three) making the most of their opportunities up forward.
While the win saw the Rovers retain top spot of the PDFL ladder, it left Katamatite 2-3 and outside the top eight.
Final score, Deni Rovers 18.13 (121) to Katamatite 9.10 (64).
Lumber said his side felt in control for the majority of the game.
‘‘We played pretty good footy despite our foot skills letting us down early,’’ he said.
‘‘We addressed that at quarter time and picked things up in the next two quarters.
‘‘The finish to the games wasn’t ideal so we’ll want to work on finishing with that ruthlessness, not taking our foot off the pedal and putting sides away.
‘‘Otherwise we’ve had a really good start to the year. We’re happy with where we’re at so far, but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves.’’
There were plenty of positives to take out of the game for the Roos with the inclusion of Dave Smith for his first game of the year.
Smith had trained with the Rovers all pre-season before signing on with the Canberra Demons for the 2018 North East Australian Football League.
‘‘Dave got a bit home sick but we’re happy to have him back,’’ Lumber said.
‘‘He’ll be a good asset for us and showed glimpses of his pace and skill throughout the game on Saturday.
‘‘It was a good game for me personally but it was made easy with the amount of space I had up forward and the delivery I received from the midfielders and defenders.
‘‘Adam Bodey was another highlight. He’s been good this year and showed that he can easily be that first ruck option for us. Xander Landale did well to support him in the ruck.
‘‘Adam was hard at the contest and showed his versatility by playing down back as well.
‘‘Andrew May was outstanding and is relishing the extra support this season. He’s probably getting a bit less attention with both the Kerr boys (Nathan and Dylan) being in the side.’’
The win was slightly dampened with speedy onballer Dylan Kerr tweaking his hamstring late in the last quarter.
The injury didn’t look too serious however, with Lumber expecting Kerr to be rested this week against Rennie with a potential return against fellow undefeated side Waaia the following week.
It was a one sided affair in the reserves, with the unbeaten Roos dismantling the Tigers by 119 points.
Final score, Deni Rovers 19.14 (128) to Katamatite 1.3 (9).
Rovers onballer Ryan Murray was a clear cut best on ground, kicking five goals playing out of the middle, with Jake Mercer (two) showing his class around the ground.
The Roos were also served well by defender Angus McCalman, forward Cameron Robinson, Terry Lumbar spending time onball and forward and Liam Fleming playing a ruck/forward role to close out the best.