Jerilderie made a winning start to their Picola & District League season victorious by 15 points at Yarroweyah on Saturday.
The Demons led at every break but it didn’t come easily against a far more competitive Yarroweyah side than in previous years.
It was a balanced performance from the Demons with 11 individual goalkickers, with James Mcrae and Cameron McFayden leading the way with three each.
Playing coach Chris Marshall was Jerilderie’s best on ground with a strong performance in the middle of the ground and Adam Kent was a strong contributor in his first game back at the club.
Lachie Kennett had a great game in defence while Jack Anthony lifted to help steer the Demons to a satisfying victory.
For Yarroweyah, playing coach Andrew Jones came through with six goals in a dominant display up forward.
Final score, Jerilderie 17.10 (112) to Yarroweyah 15.7 (97).
The first quarter was a tight battle with both sides attacking the ball hard, eager to stamp their authority on the game.
McFayden and Marshall started the game strongly and at the first break the Demons had a 13 point lead.
In the second term, Jerilderie controlled the game going into the main break 32 points up.
The third term saw Yarroweyah fight back, scoring early unanswered goals before the Demons steadied with late goals to go into the last break with a 27 point lead.
The final quarter saw Yarroweyah outscore Jerilderie, getting within two points on the scoreboard, before the Dees kicked away to hold on.
It was a great start to the season for the reserves with the Demons registering a convincing 37 point win over Yarroweyah in their first game of the season.
The first half saw some great team work to see Jerilderie go into the main break with an 18 point lead.
After an arm wrestle in the third, the Dees showed their superior fitness to overpower the Hoppers in the hot conditions.
Final score, Jerilderie 8.6 (54) to Yarroweyah 2.5 (17).
Jac Williams came back into the side to show he had lost none of his ability to be best on ground for the Demons, while Fraser Pinnuck (two goals) also had a great game.
Jimmy Bennett had a great first game for the Demons, while Bodhi Beasley had a tremendous showing kicking two goals.
Bobbie Arnold and Luke Keating were also good for the Demons.
Jerilderie’s fourths had a massive win in their season opener, victorious by 139 points against Yarroweyah.
The young Demons came up against an undermanned Hoppers side and controlled the game from the first bounce, not allowing the home side to register a score.
Final score, Jerilderie 21.13 (139) to Yarroweyah nil.
The mosquito squad forwards of Evan Lawton and Darby Parson got involved in the game early, handing out slick handpasses to players running past, while senior players Zander Nash and Justin Lawton led by example.
New player to the side Tom Munn had a great game showing some tremendous skill, while Matt Sleeman showed plenty of pace.
Ben Anthony had a good game in the ruck and Cruz Nash was accurate in front of goal finishing with five goals for the day.
The match also saw three brothers were in one team with Justin (14 years old), Travis (12) and Evan Lawton (seven) all lining up for the Dees.
Travis is the oldest member of the side, while Evan is the youngest.