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Jerilderie chasing Picola League three-peat

The Demons seniors will be joined by the club's seconds and fourths for Saturday's Picola League grand final day.

September 3, 2014 3:00am

Jerilderie has dominated yet another Picola & District Football League season and will look to add to its impressive trophy cabinet on Saturday afternoon.

The Demons, who took out the minor premiership, meet Strathmerton in the PDFL north-west division grand final at Yarroweyah.

Should the Dees win they will become the first Picola league team to win three flags in a row since Waaia’s feats of 1989-1992.

Jerilderie will take plenty of confidence into the match after star onballer Andrew May was crowned Pearce medalist for the second time on Monday night, while spearhead Aaron Purcell (131 goals in 2014) was named runner-up for a second consecutive year.

Playing-coach Josh Bode has said he will settle for nothing but a premiership in what could be his final game.

He leads a star studded line-up that has only had one hiccup this season - a round 11 loss to the Bulldogs.

There will be plenty of interest on Jerilderie’s goal square where multiple premiership player Purcell will look to be at his fiersome best.

Other marking target are Tom Bryce, Casey Hillary and Jak Pyne with star junior James Gregory waiting to pick up the crumbs.

Gun utility Shaun Bryce and wingman Tom Gilligan will drive the ball forward all day if the Bulldogs don’t mind them, while ruckman Brad Parker will look to give first use to May and Nick Keating, who was best on ground in last year’s decider.

Seventeen year-old dual senior premiership player Blair Henery could be tasked with a shut-down role on one of Strathmerton’s key play-makers, while other important players for the Dees will be Josh and Jarrod Hillary.

Chris Lockhart leads Jerilderie’s defence and, along with Jimmy McRae and James Gilliagan, will be out to stop the Bulldog’s fluid forward movement.

Strathy’s line-up features a dangerous spread of goalkickers, including 2013 league medallist Josh Evans (82 goals this year).

The pint-sized speedster is supported by smooth mover Adrian Crestani (68 goals), Zeke Bunge (49) and strong-marking co-coach Shaun Downie (32).

Downie finished fourth in Monday night’s PDFL vote count and second in the Barooga Sporties MVP, while Evans polled third in the best and fairest.

Jerilderie has won two of the side’s three encounters this season, the last of which was just two weeks ago.

In that game Purcell booted 11 goals and if the Bulldogs can’t contain him on Saturday, they will be in trouble.

The senior grand final starts at 2pm.

Jerilderie’s reserves will play in the grand final against Strathmerton from 12.15pm.

The Dees beat Mathoura by 10 points in the preliminary final on Saturday, 12.10 (82) to 10.12 (72).

Daniel Bryce, ruckman Adam Kent and defender Lachie Watson starred for Jerilderie, while Mark Shaw kicked three goals.

Strathy has won both of the sides’ encounters this season but the Demons have been in fine form in the finals.

In the thirds, undefeated Strathmerton awaits the Deni Rovers who walloped an under-strength Jerilderie in Saturday’s preliminary final.

Jerilderie’s fourths take on reigning premier Deni Rovers in the first grand final of the day, starting at 9.15am.

The youngest of the Demons defeated Picola United in the preliminary final with Lachie Kennett, Bohdi Beasley, Ben Browning and Nick Baldwin leading the way.

Tyson Conn (two goals) was looking dangerous up forward and Mitch A’Vard battled hard all day.

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