Demons let early lead slip

By Southern Riverina News

Jerilderie let their biggest opportunity for a second win in the Picola & District League season slip, falling to Katunga by 61 points.

It was a great start by the Demons, going into the first break with a 21 point lead.

This came about from some slick ball movement and quick entries into the forward line.

David Gregory was picking up plenty of possessions, driving the ball forward, while Nick Parker was ever dependable across half back.

Katunga lifted their intensity in the second quarter and reversed that lead by half time. James McRae was solid in the backline and Jye Holcombe battled hard also.

After a half time bake from the coach, the Dees responded, but were unable to reduce the margin, before the Swans dominated the last with seven goals to two.

Final score, Katunga 16.14 (110) to Jerilderie 7.7 (49).

It was a disappointing game for the Demons reserves with the Swans in control for most of the game.

Brendan Beckett was one of the best for the Dees, while Josh Rochford continued to impress with his hard, at the ball attitude.

Jerilderie lifted their game after halftime, matching Katunga on the scoreboard. Joel Bryce picked up plenty of possessions and Adam Sweeney was solid in defense.

Unfortunately, that intensity couldn’t be maintained and Katunga ran away with the win.

Final score, Katunga 16.4 (100) to Jerilderie 4.5 (29).

An undermanned Jerilderie thirds struggled against Katunga who controlled the game in the first half. Ben Neessen was a stand out for the Demons with his hard attack on the ball and Tom Marshall also had a great game.

After half time the Demons lifted with Brad Aylett showing plenty of run and Glenn DiLullo providing a strong target up forward. Max Cameron picked up plenty of possessions, driving the ball forward, while Rory Knight was solid in defense.

Final score, Katunga 11.8 (74) to Jerilderie 5.2 (32).

The young Demons fourths came up against a bigger Katunga side, but battled bravely all game.

Travis Lawton continued his great form, continuing to be the leading goal kicker for Jerilderie, while Nicola DiLullo had her best game for the season playing at centre half forward.

Adam Aylett used his pace well, while James Winn won play of the day when he swooped on a loose ball and was unlucky not to finish with a goal. Tex Flack showed great attack on the ball, while Cruz Nash read the play well, picking up plenty of touches for the game.

Final score, Katunga 16.4 (100) to Jerilderie 1.1 (7).