Demons full foward Aaron Purcell kicked his second ton in as many years on Saturday.July 29, 2014 3:55am
Jerilderie forward Aaron Purcell continued his astonishing season on Saturday, booting 15 goals against the Deni Rovers and taking his season tally to 101.
The milestone kick came in the last quarter after first-gamer Joe Catena spotted up the superstar Demon and he kicked truly to help bury the Rovers by 178 points.
Rovers coach Luke Moodie said the delivery to Purcell was ‘‘phenominal’’ all day and there wasn’t much 18 year-old defender Ben Thorpe could do otherwise.
‘‘We didn’t have many options but I think Ben did a great job. He kept his head high all day,’’ Moodie said.
‘‘The ball definitly came in to Aaron more than 15 times and Ben had six spoils in the first half.’’
In reaching the ton, Purcell became the first Picola & District Football League player to kick 100 goals two years in a row since Barooga’s Gary Fraser in 1980-82.
Final score: Jerilderie 34.17 (221) def. Deni Rovers 7.1 (43).
Despite being severely undermanned, the Rovers were competitive against ladder leader Jerilderie and managed to kick the opening goal of the first three quarters.
Skipper Terry Lumbar (hamstring) pulled out of the match after the warm-up, while ruckman Marc Braybon and go-to backman Ricky Hobbs were also missing.
Seven players from the Roos’ reserves doubled up to play seniors, including Kerry Davison who kicked five majors from full forward.
Classy midfielder Rhys McCulloch was the standout for the Rovers, racking up 13 clearances and leading the team in inside 50s.
Brendan Hope rucked all day in the absence of Braybon, while onballer Brayden Jones led the Roos in contested efforts.
‘‘Brayden was another one who doubled up (in reserves and seniors) and I thought he went well to lead the contested efforts, especially after playing eight quarters,’’ Moodie said.
‘‘Joey Hay and Jordy McCulloch were our two young kids on the wings and they found plenty of footy against quality opposition.’’
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