It was a disappointing day for an undermanned Jerilderie in its 16 point loss to home side Mathoura on Saturday in round five of the Picola Football League.
Jerilderie weren’t as aggressive at the ball as their opponents and that showed on the scoreboard, with the Timbercutters going into the main break with a 21 point lead.
After a passionate address by the coach, the Demons came out and played with the aggression and skill the supporters wanted to see.
Nick Parker was the Demons’ best with an outstanding performance at centre half back, repelling numerous attacking moves.
Young Nick Baldwin led by example, using his pace to drive the ball forward, while Adam Kent battled hard all day in the ruck.
Going into the final quarter just eight points down, the Demons continued to push forward, with Bobbie Arnold and Kobi Howes solid in defence and Brad Parker presenting a strong marking target up forward.
Unfortunately, the Demons couldn’t bridge the gap and had a disappointing loss to Mathoura.
Jerilderie 4.8 (32) lost to Mathoura 7.6 (48).
In a see-sawing reserves game, the Demons had their supporters biting their nails, right to the final siren.
With a depleted side from the previous week, Jerilderie looked shaky a times, but young Zac Rochford was a standout, showing plenty of run and carry.
Jac Williams showed his usual silky smooth skills, while Tom Murphy and Fraser Pinnuck both had great games.
Fergus O’Sullivan played well in the ruck, David Hercus controlled the backline and Barry Roe chipped in for a goal to help the Demons to a seven point victory.
Jerilderie 8.5 (53) def Mathoura 7.4 (46).
In the fourths, a depleted Demons side had a tough battle, with the Timbercutters being a little better with the ball.
Justin Lawton was best on ground for Jerilderie, showing plenty of pace and driving the ball forward from half back at every opportunity.
Travis Lawton was also dominating around the ground, picking up plenty of possessions, while Tex Flack did a great job when switched onto the ball.
Other young Demons to play well were Zander Nash and Tom Munn, with Tyler Hall having his best game for the season.
It was great to see the smaller players all getting involved in the play.
Jerilderie 3.4 (22) lost to Mathoura 8.5 (53).
There was no U-17 match.