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Rovers rally to keep finals hopes alive

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July 31, 2017

With just two rounds left in the Picola District Football League, the fifth and last final position is still up for grabs in the north-west division.

With just two rounds left in the Picola District Football League, the fifth and last final position is still up for grabs in the north-west division.

Deniliquin Rovers were among Saturday’s round 16 winners to keep its finals hopes alive.

Nick Braybon’s charges defeated Jerilderie by 23 points in a remarkable seven-goal turnaround.

The Rovers were 22 points behind at three-quarter-time, but with the finals aspirations on the line the hosts kicked seven unanswered final quarter goals to win 14.15 (99) to 12.4 (76).

Terry Lumbar continued his great form with four goals as Tanner Robertson’s mobility caused the Demons plenty of problems in a best-on-ground performance.

Marc Shaw and Brad Parker kicked four goals each for the Demons, while Chris Marshall and Jordan Jeffrey were also influential.

The victory has the Rovers two wins behind fifth-placed Berrigan, which has a bye in the final round of the season — meaning it could come down to percentage.

●Reigning premier Picola also edged out Blighty in a come from behind victory.

Blighty was 14 points ahead at three-quarter-time, but the top side kicked five goals to one in the final term to prevail 12.10 (82) to 10.10 (70).

Adam Jorgensen was again one of United’s best with two goals from midfield, while Jed Brain was typically busy with four goals for the Redeyes.

In a game of momentum the lead changed at every break, with the Redeyes leading at quarter-time and three-quarter time, but United was most importantly in front when the final siren blew.

●It was a terrific 10 from Tom Irvine as his Berrigan side belted Mathoura by 169 points.

The Saints needed a win to stave off a Deniliquin side hot on their tails for the last finals position and they did not disappoint, mustering up more than 50 shots at goal.

Lee Schmidt’s side kept the Timbercutters scoreless in the opening term in the 26.26 (182) to 2.1 (13) rout.

Lachlan Pyle (five goals), Tom Beams (three) and Kyle McQualter (two) were the the Saints’ other multiple goalkickers.

It was the Saints’ third win on the bounce and their eighth of the season, while Timbercutters have only registered the two victories this season.

●Tocumwal belted a hapless Yarroweyah by 133 points to complete the round.

Six Bloods players kicked three or more goals in the 25.17 (167) to 4.10 (34) demolition.

Playing coach Sean Logie led the way kicking five majors, while Mitch Rielly, Greg Whelan and Nick Bacchetto each kicked three.

Jacob Hore was the visitors’ best, while Andrew Jones kicked two of his side’s four goals.

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