The trend of Jerilderie starting strong and finishing slow continued on Saturday, with the Demons going down to traditional rival Strathmerton by 100 points in round nine of the Picola League.
Playing in front of their home crowd at Monash Park, the Dees matched it with the third placed Bulldogs to trail by just 14 points at the first break.
The visitors flexed their muscle in the second term with four quick goals early before the Demons replied with three of their own.
Jerilderie was unable to keep up with the flag contender in the second half though, with Strathmerton opening the floodgates to score 13.10 to 2.5.
Final score, Strathmerton 22.18 (150) to Jerilderie 7.8 (50).
In a gallant effort Shaun Bryce provided drive off the half back line and onballer James Gilligan once again provided drive around the ground for Jerilderie.
Marc Shaw was dangerous in front of goal, kicking three majors, while Tom Bryce battled hard all day in the ruck for the home side.
Veteran Demons onballer Chris Marshall led by example and thirds players Bohdi Beasley and Mitch A’Vard put in outstanding efforts.
For the Dogs, Adrian Crestani led the way with four goals, while Daniel Ellis, Matt O’Kane and best afield Louis Pinnuck all contributed with three majors apiece.
This Saturday the Demons will hold their 1987 Murray Football League premiership reunion when they host Berrigan.
On the Friday night there will be a ‘meet and greet’ of the premiership players held at the Colony Inn Hotel.
The club is hoping all players, committee members and all involved at the club during this successful time will attend the weekend.
Following the game on Saturday will be a dinner in the clubrooms with an auction of heritage jumpers that will be worn in the senior game.