Rovers, Saints in fight for last finals spot

July 13, 2017

Deniliquin Rovers coach Nick Braybon and his charges have the tough task of taking on Strathmerton at home on Saturday.

The Picola District Football League north-west division is nearing crunch time with Deniliquin and Berrigan each sitting on five wins in fifth and sixth, respectively.

The Rovers, who are fresh off a comfortable win against Mathoura, face the tough task of handling Strathmerton at home on Saturday, with the visitors having won nine straight games.

Nick Braybon’s side will be in desperate need of four points and if that is to be the case the likes of Brody Lumbar (38), Terry Lumbar (26) and Tanner Robertson (15) will need to be efficient in front of the big sticks.

The Bulldogs are the competition’s most in-form team, having knocked off Picola and Blighty in the past three weeks and conceded an average of 51 points a game in the past five weeks.

●Picola United will again do battle with Tocumwal, with the hosts hoping to remain on top of the ladder.

United sits one game clear, but the Bloods have won five of their past six games to sit fourth.

The Bloods have brushed aside Jerilderie, Berrigan, Mathoura, Deniliquin and Yarroweyah in the past six rounds, but playing the north-west division reigning premier is the ultimate test.

United, who has lost once this season, has won its past two games by more than 100 points.

Thomas Byrnes (33 goals) and Taylor Beard (31) have been Picola’s focal points in attack, while Adam Jorgensen and Scott Miles have chipped in with 26 and 22 respectively.

●Blighty will be looking to reclaim second place when it hosts Jerilderie.

The Redeyes, who beat Berrigan by nine points last week, dropped from second to third on the table with Strathmerton’s percentage better off.

Jed Brain booted another four goals from midfield, with the former Finley star dominating in his first season at Blighty.

Brain has kicked 36 goals this season, while the Redeyes’ next best is Leonard Clarke with 26.

●Yarroweyah hosts Berrigan still searching for its first win.

The Hoppers have only scored more than 50 points once this season and they will need to put in an almighty performance to break through against the Saints.

Lee Schmidt’s men sit in sixth position and are fighting with Deniliquin for the last finals position.

Blighty, Picola and Tocumwal have accounted for the Saints the past three rounds, but Schmidt’s side should have the firepower to muster their sixth win of the season.

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