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Two wins, Roo beauty!

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April 16, 2018

The Picola District Football League is officially on notice.

The Picola District Football League is officially on notice.

For a second straight week, the Deniliquin Rovers produced the goods, knocking off another finalist from last year to move to 2-0 after a 23-point win on the road against Berrigan.

The Roos have stocked up on premium talent and have done everything in their power to announce themselves as a premiership contender in the opening fortnight.

It was one of their important forward line recruits, Aaron Purcell, who stole the show.

The champion veteran who came across from Jerilderie kicked three of his side’s eight goals as it held on for another strong win.

Rovers coach Josh Bode said conditions at the Berrigan Sportsground were rough.

‘‘It was a terrible day, just shocking conditions,’’ he said.

‘‘We played some good footy at stages, there was a howling wind which was probably a six-goal breeze.

‘‘But we probably played better into the wind than we did with it.’’

The Saints came out right in the contest and even had a slender one-point lead at the first break.

But the Roos hit top gear in the second term, blowing the game wide open with four unanswered goals to head to the sheds 25 points ahead.

‘‘We kicked against the wind in the first, and the first quarter really set up our second,’’ Bode said.

‘‘We were only one point down when it could have been four or five goals.

‘‘We just started to move the football better in the midfield particularly, so it was very pleasing.

‘‘James Gilligan was unreal in the middle, and in that first half Ricki Waters really turned it on and set it up for us. From there, it just turned into a slog.’’

In a low-scoring match, Berrigan could not make the most of limited opportunities and despite winning the second half would never be close enough to mount a serious challenge to the Roos.

In a sign of how influential its recruits have been even in just the opening weeks of the season, seven of the eight Deniliquin goals came via new talents.

Waters snagged two, while Dylan and Nathan Kerr continued to impress with a goal each.

Bode said based on his new players’ immediate impact, his side was tracking even better than hed expected.

‘‘These guys couldn’t have slotted in any better,’’ he said.

‘‘Some of them are locals coming back to the club, but they all played well yesterday especially considering the conditions.

‘‘We’ve probably started better than I thought we would, because these recruits have slotted in so well. But they’re A-graders, so it was probably bound to happen.’’

For Berrigan, it was a minor reality check after a thumping win on Good Friday to start its campaign.

The Saints take on Mathoura next weekend in a contest they would expect to win handily.

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