Round 11 of the Picola District Football League brought about plenty of fascinating results, with Picola’s streak coming to an end, Deniliquin registering a 21-point victory and Blighty going on its winning way.
Saturday’s grand final rematch between Strathmerton and Picola was a classic, with the host edging out United 9.8 (62) to 8.4 (52).
Adrian Crestani booted six goals in the Bulldogs’ 10-point victory as Michael Bramich’s side led at every change. The prolific forward has now kicked 27 goals for the season, placing him fourth in the league’s goal kicking ranks.
The Bulldogs have now jumped to third on the ladder and only sit one game and two places behind Jon Varcoe’s United.
Taylor Beard continued his great start to the season kicking three goals, while Adam Jorgensen was again one of United’s better contributors.
●Terry Lumbar booted 12 goals leading the scoring in Deniliquin’s 211-point victory against a depleted Yarroweyah outfit on Saturday.
Played at the home of the Rovers, Nick Braybon’s charges averaged just over eight goals a quarter as they went on to win 35.22 (232) to Yarroweyah’s 3.3 (21).
It was partly cloudy on Saturday, but those at the ground might have thought there was a scattered shower or two with the hosts raining chances in front of goal.
Tanner Robertson (nine), Andrew May (three), Jackson Campbell (three), Ryan Murray (two) and Damien Hope (two) were the Rovers’ multiple goal scorers.
The Rovers had 57 scoring opportunities compared to the Hoppers’ six, while it was in the premiership quarter the side did the most damage, amassing 77 points.
●Second-placed Blighty proved too strong for Mathoura on Saturday, with the Redlegs winning 17.15 (117) to 5.5 (35).
The eventual losers were held goalless in the first term, before scoring their first goal in the second quarter.
But Blighty, which is equal on points with Picola in first, had no problem finding the scoreboard with six multiple goal-scorers.
James Kennedy (three), Brett MacDonald (three), Lenard Clarke (two), Tom Draffin (two), Sam Singleton (two) and Kyle Bain all found themselves in front of the big sticks.
Judd Barnes and Singleton were standouts for the hosts, while Nathan Rowbottom and James Eddy were the Timbercutters’ best.
●Tocumwal has jumped Berrigan and finds itself in fourth position on the table after defeating the Saints on Saturday.
Sean Logie’s side was the eventual victor, winning away from home 11.11 (77) to the Saints 7.4 (46).
David Farrell led the way with three goals, while Max Brooks chipped in to kick his first two goals of the season.
Dane Maxwell was the visitors’ best, while Jarren Osborne and Kyle Hawker were unable to will their side across the line.