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
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.
One person is dead after a collision between a car and a truck on the Murray Valley Highway and Waaia Bearii Rd. Traffic is being diverted around the scene.
The first preliminary final on Saturday saw the Tungamah seniors start their campaign against Waaia at the Rennie Recreation Reserve.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
CLAIRE Murphy came home the other day.
BE LIKE Barry — the video by Campaspe Shire to educate children about recycling — was launched at St Mary’s Primary School on Monday.
WYUNA’s Memorial Hall was filled with over 80 people for the recent launch of the Wyuna History Group’s third book by Wyuna History Group researcher Noel Thompson – Wyuna Honour Roll 1914-1918.
Avenel win over Nagambie to take top spot
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
WINE is meant to be enjoyed with good food and good friends.
The preparations for the 10th Cobram Swap Meet have been given a boost with a brand new line marker. The Rotary Club of Cobram, which organise the swap meet, applied for a volunteer grant from the Federal Government, from which it received $4600.
Deni’s Debutante Ball gurus Vicki Ackers and Deb O’Connor love working with youth.
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