August 09, 2017

Aaron Purcell had a huge day in front of goal, booting seven majors for the Demons on Saturday.

It was pure joy for Jerilderie in round 17 of the Picola League on Saturday, dominating Mathoura by 124 points in their final home game of the season.

In front of a bumper home crowd, the Demons were determined for a final win before the home and away season ended.

Jerilderie came out of the blocks firing, kicking seven goals against the breeze to make an emphatic statement early.

The Dees continued their charge in the second term, adding six more to their tally before the goals dried up in the third term, where they only managed two.

With the breeze behind their backs in the last term, Jerilderie had their best quarter of the season, putting through 11 majors.

Jordan Jeffery played well using his pace to carry the ball and deliver it to the forwards, while onballers Chris Marshall and James Gilligan were in everything.

The Dees’ back line was on top of their opponents with Luke Bryce repelling the ball numerous times and James McRae playing a tremendous game.

On the wing, Blair Henery played a best on ground game, while up forward Jordan Scanlon (three goals) and Marc Shaw (six) provided great focal points beside Aaron Purcell (seven) and Brad Parker (three).

For Mathoura, Luke Schwencke was best in his return game and was crucial in winning a number of clearances as the side’s leading ruckman.

Other good players for the visitors were the usual standouts in Jack Keogh, Dougal McKindlay and Lachlan Vagg, while James Eddy and Nathan Rowbottom, who stepped up from the reserves, were also prominent.

Final score, Jerilderie 26.16 (172) to Mathoura 6.12 (48).

Jerilderie playing coach Josh Hillary said he was ‘‘extremely pleased’’ with his side’s performance.

‘‘We got off to a good start and for the first time this season we kept the momentum rolling,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve been striving for a four quarter performance and that’s what we achieved on Saturday.

‘‘It was also a much more even spread of contributors on the field.

‘‘Most weeks we rely on the same players, but this week everyone pitched in and showed what we can do when everyone plays their role.’’

The Demons will look to carry their form into this weekend against premiership contender Strathmerton.

Hillary said Saturday’s game would be an indication of how far his side had come since the start of the season.

‘‘We want to make an impact and make sure we don’t disgrace ourselves,’’ he said.

‘‘It would take a massive effort if we were to win but I’m hoping that we at least can be competitive.

‘‘The way we’ve recovered in the second half of the year has been fantastic and we’ve shown that we’re back on the rise.

‘‘It’s important for us to perform at our best against the Dogs and try and finish the season on a high note.’’

The match between the Dees and the Bulldogs will be played in Strathmerton on Saturday.

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