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Roos bounce back

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May 29, 2018

Rovers defender Ryan Murray attempting to break through a tackle with Brayden Jones close by for support on Saturday.

Deni Rovers bounced back from their only loss of the Picola & District League season in devastating fashion, destroying Yarroweyah by 182 points on Saturday.

The Roos displayed no signs of complacency following last week’s seven point loss to ladder leader Waaia, showing the struggling Hoppers no remorse in the round eight clash at Yarroweyah.

After the Hoppers scored an early goal the Rovers switched on, dominating all areas of the ground to charge on to the massive win.

The Roos impressed with their spread of scorers with 11 different goal kickers on the day, led by Ricky Waters (eight), Aaron Purcell (seven) and David Smith (six).

Adam Bodey was declared the Rovers’ best, winning the ruck battle and working hard across the ground and onballer James Gilligan continued to show his class in another stellar performance.

Brothers Nathan and Dylan Kerr, each chipping in with one goal, continued to show their talent in what was a solid team performance.

Final score, Deni Rovers 31.24 (210) to Yarroweyah 4.4 (28).

Rovers coach Josh Bode said it was a great response from his side.

‘‘We moved the footy well and our entry into our forward 50 was much better,’’ he said.

‘‘The only downside on the day was that we didn’t kick straight in front of goal.

‘‘We were missing some fairly easy shots, so we need to make sure we make the most of our opportunities.

‘‘We didn’t put them away like we wanted in the last quarter and were probably a bit lucky to get a few goals in the last few minutes, but you can’t really complain when you have a big win like that.’’

Things looked bleak for the Roos early in the game, losing defender Peter Lewis after he was concussed in the first quarter.

The knock ended his day, with thirds player Brock Thomson subbed into the game early.

‘‘Brock did quite well with his time on the ground,’’ Bode said.

‘‘It was just a solid team performance across the board.

‘‘I played Ryan Murray in defence to try and develop his game a bit and he was brilliant.

‘‘While Brody Lumber didn’t kick many goals, he led well all day and set a fair few up and Ricky Waters just continued to show how dangerous he can be.

‘‘David Smith has just got something special about him; he was electric down the wing.

‘‘He had two or three runs down the wing where he showed his pace.

‘‘Our strength this year is that we are pretty even around the ground and that was on full display.’’

The Roos’ reserves showed their superiority over Yarroweyah with an 88 point win.

Much like the seniors’ game, inaccuracy was the only issue for the Rovers as they cruised to an 8-0 start to the year.

Final score, Deni Rovers 12.16 (88) to Yarroweyah no score.

Onballer Reegan Leetham was named best on ground, gathering plenty of the ball along with fellow midfielder Ryan Brunker (two goals).

Ruckman Xander Landale continued his ripping form, with Jordyn McCulloch, Angus McCalman and Hayden Mitchell (three goals) closing out the Rovers’ better players.

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