For the first time since round one last year, Jerilderie is celebrating a win in the Picola District Football League after a huge upset against Picola United.
The Demons produced a famous win on their home deck, defying their lack of rotations to kick the only two goals of the final quarter and beat the Blues by just four points in the round two clash.
After the main break, Jerilderie came out and kicked four goals straight to 3.1 to reduce the margin to seven points at the last break.
The final quarter was an arm wrestle with scores level with five minutes to go, then Picola United rushed a couple of behinds to take the lead.
In a thrilling finish, Jerilderie made a push forward and it was Bodhi Beasley who was the hero for the day, snapping the winning goal from the pocket late in the game.
Final score, Jerilderie 11.5 (71) to Picola Utd 10.7 (67).
It was a massive result for the Demons, encouraging coach Chris Marshall to declare his hard-working troops were back in the hunt this season.
‘‘We were stoked; obviously the boys have put in a massive pre-season, starting way back on December 3 and going all the way through the heat,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s just a great reward for all the effort. It really creates confidence, the work we’ve been doing is actually going to achieve something if we stick at it.
‘‘The win means the boys finally get to realise that and I just hope they keep putting in the work.’’
The Blues had come out firing to lead 21-2 at quarter-time, seemingly on the path to a routine win.
But the Demons got things rolling with five goals in the second term, heading to the sheds just 12 points back and in the contest up to their eyeballs.
‘‘We probably had 80 per cent of the ball in the first half, but our skill errors killed us, but once we cleaned that up we started to get on top,’’ Marshall said.
‘‘In the second half, our ball-use was much better.’’
The Demons turned for home just seven points down and with two final-quarter goals pinched a stirring win, despite injuries hurting their chances all day.
‘‘It was almost a surprise really, we had a few injuries and had no rotations after half-time,’’ Marshall said.
‘‘Our leaders really stood up; our captain Brad Parker and our vice-captains, Sam Sleigh and particularly Grant Smith.
‘‘We were obviously rapt, we played really well last week without getting over the line. We’re starting to get some confidence in our ability.
‘‘There are five or six ex-locals who have come back and they’re pretty well new recruits, but they’re getting a bit of confidence now.’’
Smith, Sleigh and Cameron McFadyen were huge for the Dees, ruckman Adam Kent won his battle and Sleigh’s younger brother Tom was also influential.
Parker and Marc Shaw did the bulk of the scoring between them with three goals each.