It was a tough game for Jerilderie coming up against old rivals Strathmerton in round seven of the Picola Football League, with the Dees going down by 83 points at Strathmerton on Saturday.
Despite the loss, there were plenty of positive signs for the rebuilding Demons, with the visitors competitive in the first and third quarters.
Kobi Howes had one of his best games for the season and first year players John Lawton, Mitch A’Vard and Nick Baldwin were all in the best players for the Demons.
Adam Kent battled tirelessly in the ruck and playing-coach Chris Marshall led by example, getting in and under the packs to give Jerilderie first use of the ball.
Matt O’Kane snuck forward to boot two goals in his best afield performance for the Bulldogs, joining Zeke Bunge and Brock Palmer (both three goals) and Brandon Duckworth and Theo Thomas (both two) as the side’s multiple scorers.
Final score, Strathmerton 18.14 (122) to Jerilderie 6.3 (39).
The Jerilderie reserves overcame a slow start to claim their fifth win of the year.
The Bulldogs went into the first break with a slim four point lead, keeping the visitors goalless.
The second quarter saw a cleaner style of football by the Demons.
Grant Patrick Smith started to shine with some clever football skills and Luke Keating started to find his range in front of goal for the visitors.
Jerilderie held Strathmerton goalless in the third with Troy Mauger having a great game in defence, next to an equally impressive Lachie Watson.
The Bryce brothers, Joel and Daniel, both chipped in with goals to take the Demons into the final term with a 16 point lead.
The last quarter saw the Bulldogs fight back, but Jerilderie were too strong and held on for a 10 point win.
Final score, Jerilderie 5.4 (34) to Strathmerton 3.6 (24).
Jerilderie’s thirds struggled against a second placed Strathmerton side, going down by 92 points.
Jason Burke played a consistent four quarters of football to be the Demons’ best, while Nick Lunn and Ben Neessen battled hard all day.
Andrew Neessen competed hard in the ruck, while in defence Rory Knight showed composure while under pressure.
Final score, Strathmerton 16.16 (112) to Jerilderie 3.2 (20).
Jerilderie’s fourths picked up their second win of the year in emphatic fashion, downing the Dogs by 48 points.
Zander Nash was back to his best form, while Ben Anthony dominated in the ruck.
Tom Munn repelled numerous attacking moves by Strathmerton and Matt Sleeman used his pace and strong marking to kick four goals for the game.
Travis Lawton’s attack on the ball and second efforts were great to watch and Matt DiLullo had his best game for the season, taking out the ‘play of the day’ award.
Final score, Jerilderie 7.6 (48) to Strathmerton no score.