A seven goal final term from the Deni Rovers proved costly for Jerilderie in round 16 of the Picola League, going down by 23 points at Memorial Park on Saturday.
An upset win was looming for the Demons who led by 22 points following a six goal to one third term.
The Demons started the last term well, but just couldn’t maintain the pressure and let the game slip.
With a strong home crowd for the club’s 40th birthday celebrations, the Rovers charged towards victory.
Tanner Robertson’s mobility caused the Demons plenty of problems in a best-on-ground performance, helping the home side close out the win.
The ever reliable Chris Marshall was once again Jerilderie’s best and Jordan Jeffrey was also influential for the visitors
Paddy Darcy repelled numerous Rovers attacking moves and Fergus O’Sullivan played a tremendous game in the ruck, picking up possessions around the ground.
Bobby Arnold had one of his best games for the season on the wing while Brad Parker and Marx Shaw were focal points up forward, booting four goals each.
Final score, Deni Rovers 14.15 (99) to Jerilderie 12.4 (76).
Jerilderie playing coach Josh Hilary said that it was a lack of depth that led to the side’s downfall.
‘‘We just don’t have enough rotations through the midfield and are burning out in the last,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re relying heavily on the same blokes and it’s taking its toll.
‘‘Deni have quite a few younger blokes that can rotate through the middle and give their more experienced players a bit of a reprieve.
‘‘But I am quite pleased with how we’ve been able to take it up to teams despite the fact we have about eight of our players playing two games each week either in the twos or thirds, as well as seniors.’’
This week the Demons will take on Mathoura, in what will be the last home game of the season for Jerilderie.
Hilary said it will be a fantastic opportunity to end the season on a high.
‘‘We’ve had a tremendous second half of the season where we’ve kept in touch with some of the top teams for the majority of games,’’ he said.
‘‘Mathoura’s recent form says that we would probably be favourites on Saturday but we can’t think the game is already won.
‘‘It will be a tough game and we need to go into it with the right attitude.’’