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Purcell’s boot beats Bloods

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June 14, 2018

Tocumwal's Mitch Bell dives to smother Rovers forward Brody Lumber's kick.

Tocumwal had no answer for Deni Rovers full forward Aaron Purcell, who booted eight goals against the Bloods on Saturday.

The Roos were far too good for the home side, winning every quarter in what was round 10 of the Picola & District League.

Purcell’s haul continued an excellent season at his new home, with fellow forwards Brody Lumber (four goals) and Ricky Waters (three) also on target.

Waters was a clear best on ground for the Roos, with brothers Andrew and Dylan May and Brendan and Damian Hope also playing well for the visitors.

For Tocumwal, Mitch Bell and Tim Garlick battled hard all day, but it was not enough to prevent a sixth consecutive defeat.

Final score, Deni Rovers 21.17 (143) to Tocumwal 7.7 (49).

Tocumwal president Mal Hart said he rates the Rovers the second best team in the competition behind Waaia.

‘‘It wasn’t our worst performance, it was just that Deni were very good,’’ he said.

‘‘Deni have two key defenders and two key forwards and we alternated our players matching up with them.

‘‘Aaron Purcell was excellent and they kicked it to him constantly and we couldn’t stop him.

‘‘If you watched the game it didn’t look as bad as the score reflected.

‘‘Tim Garlick, the Rennie brothers (Sam and Ollie) and Scott Baldwin all put in good performances, and young Mitch Reilly was again among the best four players on the ground.’’

Rovers coach Josh Bode was pleased with his side’s effort.

‘‘We were missing blokes like Dylan Kerr and James Gilligan but still got the job done,’’ he said.

‘‘It was probably the first game where we’ve played both Aaron (Purcell) and Brody (Lumber) deep in the forward half. They kicked 12 goals between them which was good for us.’’

The undefeated Rovers reserves proved too good for the Bloods, picking up a 76 point win.

A strong first half saw the Roos keep the Bloods scoreless to lead by 54 points.

Final score, Deni Rovers 13.10 (88) to Tocumwal 1.6 (12).

Ben Herezo was best for the Bloods with Glyn Matters, Jarrod Morham, Paul Quick, Andrew Arthur and Tim Brunskill also giving their all.

Defender Jack Hope was Deni’s best, with great support from Daniel Mison, Jamie Thorpe, Scott Howard, Jordyn McCulloch and Tom Bradford.

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