Rovers run rampant over Mathoura

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

The Deni Rovers made it four wins in a row with an easy 101 point triumph against Mathoura at Memorial Park on Saturday.

The formidable Roos’ line-up made light work of the struggling Timbercutters, with a lop-sided 43 scoring shots to 12 for the Picola & District League round 12 clash.

Brody Lumber kicked five goals and Dylan May helped himself to four, with Des Morgan and Andrew May two of the Rovers’ best.

It was the perfect preparation for this weekend’s crunch showdown with Picola United that has massive finals implications.

Tyler Beasy, Darcy Robinson and Sam McHale impressed for Mathoura, with McHale leading the goalkicking with two.

Final score, Deni Rovers 20.23 (143) to Mathoura 6.6 (42).

Mathoura co-coach Darcy Robinson said all he asked for from his troops was effort, and they gave it everything.

‘‘Deni are going to be a big push for the flag this year and from the outset we took a mindset of just making sure the boys gave it a real crack,’’ he said.

‘‘The contest was key. That’s where it was won; we were in good stead for a while but their polish around the ground was just too much for us.’’

Robinson said he was pleased with how his side used the ball in the attacking end of the ground, and they earned a week’s rest.

‘‘Every time we entered the forward 50 we got something out of it — either a behind or a goal,’’ he said.

‘‘From where we were at the start of the season, and looking at now, it’s pleasing.

‘‘We asked them for that effort every week and we tend to play well when we’re up against it.’’

Mathoura were no match for the undefeated Deni Rovers in the reserves, with the Timbercutters kept scoreless in a 154 point victory for the home side.

Final score, Deni Rovers 23.16 (154) to Mathoura no score.

Rovers forward Brock Ezard had a field day with a return of nine majors, while Terry Lumbar (five goals), Blair Sartore (four) and Ryan Brunker (two) also kicked multiple majors.

Joe Hay (one goal) was declared as the Roos’ best on ground with a dominant midfield display alongside Alex Rourke.

Better players for Mathoura were Mark Eddy, Bradley Maw, Caleb Johnson, Nathan Vanzetta, Riley Flanagan and Bailey Maconachie.