Lumber slots 10 to bury Demons

May 31, 2017

Jerilderie ruckman Tom Bryce stretches out to take a diving mark.

A 10 goal haul from Deni Rovers full forward Brody Lumber crushed any hopes of an upset for Jerilderie, with the Demons falling by 82 points on Saturday.

The Dees weren’t given a look-in by the Roos with the visitors piling on six unanswered goals in the first term.

With a lack of tall defenders, Lumber dominated in a best on ground effort, moving him to the top of the Picola League goal kickers’ list, with 28 majors for the year.

Tom Bryce rucked tirelessly and was a strong marking target around the ground to be Jerilderie’s best.

Shaun Bryce was also one of the Demons’ shining lights, getting plenty of possessions and putting his penetrating left foot to good use.

Chris Marshall and James Gilligan played their usual hard at the ball style of game and Blair Henery covered a lot of ground trying to lift the home side.

Another pleasing aspect for the Dees was young John Lawton, who was outstanding with his run and never-give-up attitude.

Final score, Deni Rovers 20.10 (130) to Jerilderie 7.6 (48).

Deni Rovers coach Nick Braybon said it was a turnaround in attitude from last week that led to the big win.

‘‘Brody took every opportunity that was given to him and proved how good he can be as a deep forward,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve had to play him as a high half forward for most of the year so he can help out, but on the weekend we didn’t have to rely on him getting behind the ball.

‘‘We came out of the blocks with a six goal first quarter because everyone made themselves accountable from the opening bounce.

‘‘Our start was a reward for the attitude that was taken into the game.’’

The Roos continued their stranglehold on the contest over the next two quarters adding 12 more goals, six in each stanza, to take a 94 point lead into the final break.

Jerilderie fought back in the last but the damage was already done with the Roos finishing comfortable winners.

While Lumber stole the show, the Rovers were also boosted with the return of pacey winger Brenton Loudon in his first game of the year.

Braybon said Loudon was always expected to return to the side mid-season.

‘‘Loudon was solid and showed some fantastic run and carry,’’ he said.

‘‘He gives an extra rotation out on the wings and gives Rhys McCulloch a bit of a chop out.

‘‘Chuck’s (Marc Braybon) work at centre half forward was a huge reason that Brody was able to take control up forward.

‘‘We’ve struggled in recent weeks to move the ball from half forward to our forward 50 and that was amended against the Demons.’’Jerilderie will hit the road this week to come up against Mathoura.

The Demons will look to turn around last year’s visit to Mathoura Recreation Reserve where they were dismantled to the tune of 141 points.

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