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Rams, Rovers juniors lock in finals spots

The Rovers thirds and fourths start their finals journeys this weekend, while the Rams locked in top six action with wins on Saturday.

August 12, 2014 3:50am

Star Deni Rovers thirds player Anthony Street takes a screamer at Berrigan on Saturday.

The Deniliquin Rams thirds cemented a spot in the Murray Football League finals with a strong showing against Barooga on Saturday.

With two home-and-away games left to play, the visiting Rams led at every change to win comfortably, 10.10 (70) to 6.3 (39).

Star forward Todd Marshall and line breaker Ben Irwin were Deni’s best players, with Marshall and Tjunda Keefe-Jones finishing with three goals each.

Mick Barnett (two goals), Sean Fisher, Brady Trotman and Sam Young were other good players for the locals, while Lachlan Coburn kicked three for Barooga.

The Rams fourths are on track to play a home elimination final after beating top six hopeful Barooga by two goals.

Scores were just about level for the entire match until Deni managed to hold the hosts to one behind in the last quarter and slotting two majors themselves to seal the deal.

Jake McManus, Ryan MacDonald and Lachlan Trotman battled hard, while Sid Pearn and Sam Willoughby booted two goals each.

The Rovers thirds booked a qualifying final clash against Jerilderie after a hard-fought win over a determined Berrigan outfit on Saturday, 8.8 (56) to 6.11 (47).

Caleb Weir continued his run of good form and, alongside goal-kickers Logan Ives and Luke Hay, helped forge a gutsy comeback.

Jamie Thorpe, Naj Aldorki and Dylan East were also instrumental in the win.

The Roos will get a shot at minor premier Strathmerton if they beat Jerilderie this weekend.

A brutal 11.14 (80) to 0.1 (1) win completed the Rovers fourths’ unbeaten home-and-away season, landing them the minor premiership and a week off.

The big win came against another finals-bound team, confirming the Roos’ strong bid to claim back-to-back flags.

Blair Sartore threaded five goals to snare the league goalkicking award with 58 for the year, while Reece Hussey chipped in with three.

Strong-bodied gun Steve Dalzell was named best for Deni along with Jacob Edwards, Tom Thorpe, Nick Hay, Cameron Wilkinson and Ray Murphy.

Daniel Kirby booted a season-high 11 goals to help the Mathoura thirds defeat Blighty by a big margin.

Kirby was the best player on the ground and was supported by fellow Timbercutters stars Bryce Bish (three goals) and Chris Wilson (seven).

The best for Blighty were Lachlan Varley and David Smith.

Mathoura takes on Tocumwal in the elimination final next week, while the season is over for the Redeyes.

Blighty’s fourths defeated Mathoura by 54 points to finish off a competitive season, with neither side playing finals.

Best-on-ground Robert Wilson kicked three goals for Blighty, while Joel Pearson was the Timbercutters’ best.

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