The Timbercutters had to kick three goals to one in the final quarter to run out 11-point winners.GEORDIE COWAN July 14, 2014 3:36am
Shane Charles performs the smoking ceremony before the start of the match between Mathoura and Deniliquin Rovers.
Mathoura had to rely on kicking three goals in the last quarter to secure its third win of the season on Saturday, defeating bottom-placed Deniliquin Rovers 8.14 (62) to 6.15 (51).
With breezy conditions affecting the fluidity of the game, the Rovers started well to lead 24-13 at the first break, having had three times as many scoring shots.
The home team responded to level the scores at half-time, before a goalless quarter ensued.
The Rovers would live to rue their missed chances in that term, kicking seven behinds to two and only lead by five points at the last break.
The Timbercutters then went on to kick three goals to one and secure the 13-point win — a far cry from the 106-point margin in their first game earlier this year.
A smoking ceremony marked NAIDOC week before the start of the match, adding further to the atmosphere.
Both clubs’ seniors and reserves teams lined up as Shane Charles performed the ceremony, while two Mathoura indigenous players with the aboriginal flag walked the smoke up and down the line.
Mathoura coach Mick McInnes said it was a pretty stressful match from a coaching point of view.
‘‘It was close all day,’’ he said.
‘‘Last time we beat them by 100 but we knew they were getting better and had a win last week, but I still thought we’d beat them by a bit more.’’
The coach said the windy conditions made it pretty difficult for both teams to score.
‘‘It was just good to get away with the win,’’ McInnes said.
‘‘Both teams were pretty hard at it.
‘‘You don’t like to lose, but when you’re playing a side below on the ladder you really don’t want to lose.
‘‘It’s important to keep winning a hopefully get a couple more by the end of the season.’’
McInnes said Andrew Mortimer’s game off the half-back flank, especially early in the game when Deniliquin had the wind, was probably his best for the club, while Wayne Phyland was also good in defence.
Beau Duggan-Hulands (three goals) and Damian Dalziel (two goals) were focal points up forward, with Dalziel taking many marks at half-forward and had stint in the ruck as well.
Dan Gretgrix and Matt Nunan also played well when dropped back into defence in the second half, while Nick Tucker (three goals) was the only other player to register a major for the team.
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A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
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