A six-goal final term lifted Deniliquin Rovers to a 45-point victory against Mathoura on Saturday.
The Rovers travelled for the Picola District Football League north-west contest, but it was the hosts who were left flat-footed from the outset.
Nick Braybon’s charges, who have focused on fast starts this season, kept Phil Hazelman’s side scoreless in the opening term and skipped 37 points clear at half-time.
The Timbercutters fought back to within nine points at three-quarter-time, with Braybon demanding more from his soldiers.
‘‘We were flat in that third quarter, we just stopped working and the run of play went against us and we could not stop it,’’ Braybon said.
‘‘We gave I think three or four 50m penalties away in a row through sheer frustration.’’
However, the Rovers turned it around in the final term to kick six unanswered goals.
The wins jumped Braybon’s side into the top five.
‘‘We have been thereabouts this season, so to get the win and jump into the mix is really crucial,’’ Braybon said.
‘‘There obviously is still a long way to go, we need to continue to work and play our game in order to match it with the best sides in the coming weeks.’’
Terry Lumbar’s move to the forward line has paid dividends in recent weeks and he kicked six goals on Saturday, while Matt Horne and Tanner Robertson chipped in with three each.
‘‘Terry has been super for us, he has been kicking bags lately, but the more pleasing thing was the spread of goal-kickers,’’ Braybon said.
‘‘Tanner Robertson was by far our best, he played through the middle and then in the final term turned it on in the ruck and proved a real difference.’’
Darcy Robinson (four goals) and Jack Jennings (two) kicked six of the Timbercutters’ seven goals, while Clay Poidevin provided the other.
Rhys Costello and Lachlan Vagg were Mathoura’s best, but the result kept it in seventh with just the two wins.
Jerilderie v Picola
Picola United proved too strong for Jerilderie in a battle between two Picola District Football League bookend sides.
United, the competition’s leaders, belted eighth-placed Jerilderie 23.6 (144) to 5.12 (42).
The visitors kicked five straight goals in the first quarter before extending the lead at every break, keeping the Demons goalless in the final term.
Taylor Beard booted five goals to take his personal tally to 31 for the season, while Scott Miles (four), Ian Fry (three), Dylan Cunningham (three), Clinton Barnes (two) and Adam Jorgensen (two) were Picola’s other multiple goal-kickers.
Barnes was considered United’s best on Saturday, while Brad Parker stood out for the Demons.
United remains on top of the north-west division with a percentage of 269.90, while Jerilderie sits second last with just two wins.
Strathmerton v Yarroweyah
Strathmerton made light work of Yarroweyah in a 170-point rout.
Four Bulldogs kicked four goals on Saturday, while four others managed multiple goals in the 29.12 (186) to 2.4 (16) procession.
Daniel Ellis, Adrian Crestani, Brock Palmer and Matt O’Kane led the way for the Bulldogs as they kept the visitors scoreless in the first term before jumping out to an 84-point lead at half-time.
Strathmerton bagged 15 second-half goals to continue its onslaught as it jumped Blighty into second position.
Hoppers playing coach Paul Massingham was his side’s best, while Joseph Cipriani and Andrew Jones kicked their team’s only goals as they again struggled in the third term.
Massingham’s men kicked just the two points in the third term, with their two goals coming in the second and fourth quarters.
Berrigan v Blighty
Blighty edged out Berrigan in a nine-point thriller on Saturday.
In a battle between second and fifth, Blighty prevailed as its ladder position predicted.
Jed Brain was instrumental for the Redeyes with four goals from midfield, while playing coach Lee Schmidt led the way with three goals for the Saints.
Berrigan jumped out to a three-goal lead at quarter-time, but a four-goal to onesecond term lifted Blighty one point ahead at the main break.
The Redeyes eventually proved too strong, winning 13.9 (87) to 11.12 (78).
Brett Macdonald, James Kennedy and Brett Napier were best for the winners, while Tom Beams, Jacob Way and Schmidt featured prominently for the vanquished.
Blighty dropped to third despite the success, with Strathmerton having a higher percentage, while Berrigan slipped to sixth.