It was a feeling of rejoice for Mathoura on Saturday, holding out fellow strugglers Jerilderie by 11 points to pick up their first win of the Picola & District League season.
In a low-scoring round five clash, Mathoura got out to a 21 point lead at half time and were able to hang on until the final siren, much to the delight of their home crowd.
Josh Walter, Clay Poidevin and Jack Hughes were Mathoura’s best, while Demons Nick Parker and Nic Baldwin stood out.
Final score, Mathoura 7.6 (48) to Jerilderie 4.8 (32).
Timbercutters co-coach Jack Keogh said his side deserved the win, and executed the game plan well.
‘‘I said to a couple of the boys after the match that it’s a monkey off the back and it’s good to get the first win out of the way,’’ he said.
‘‘Now we’ve started something that looks a bit better than what we’ve been playing recently.’’
Keogh said with star ruckman Scott Betson out serving a week’s suspension, Harry Shirley filled the big man’s shoes.
‘‘Harry’s new, and stepped up to be our ruckman — he was on for us all day and copped knees and God knows what, and really provided us with a first touch through the middle.
‘‘He always brought the ball to ground and fought well in the ruck,’’ Keogh said.
Jerilderie turned up the pressure in the second half, but the Timbercutters held firm to secure their maiden victory of this year’s campaign.
‘‘They brought it to us the whole day really, but it’s a credit to us as well and shows how the boys have gelled as a team and are willing to fight for each other.
‘‘Credit to our backline who were there when they were needed,’’ Keogh said.
It will also be a day to remember for 15-year-old Jaycob Bydder, who came on in the final quarter to make his club debut for the winning side.
‘‘He’s been at the club for ages and so it’s nice to be able to reward him for it. It was a good taste for him, and we plan to keep blooding these young kids,’’ Keogh said.
The positives keep coming for the side too — they are expecting to have Betson back after their round six bye, along with four other players including Keogh, who is recovering from an AC joint injury.
Mathoura will continue to train throughout their break, with fitness the key to more success, Keogh said.
‘‘We’re having a boxing session this week, so it’s not running exactly but they’ll still get something out of it. It just gives them a small break from running,’’ he said.
The Timbercutters unfortunately were unable to score a win in the reserves, going down by a slim margin of seven points.
Final score, Jerilderie 8.5 (53) to Mathoura 7.4 (46).
Onballer Damin Cers was Mathoura’s best with strong performances from forward Paul Walker (four goals) and midfielder Josh Cumberland.
Tomas Banks stepped up from the fourths in an impressive performance with Jaydan Vesty and Ash Cemino closing out the better players.
Following the break, Mathoura will travel to take on Rennie in round seven.