Raymond kicks 100th for Deni Rovers 4ths

By Jamie Lowe

Raymond Murphy’s 100th goal of the Picola & District League season was the highlight of the Deni Rovers’ 130 point win over Jerilderie in the fourths at Memorial Park on Saturday.

Murphy reached the milestone during the third term of the clash, slotting his fifth and final major for the game.

Jerilderie put plenty of pressure on the Roos despite the margin, with inaccurate kicking at goal a lowlight for the home side.

Tom Blake was the Rovers’ best on ground, with some excellent ruck work, while Pat Westcott gave his all in the middle and up forward.

Haydn Mowat has settled into his role at centre half forward, booting five majors for the day, while Bailey Caruso chimed in with five goals of his own at full forward.

Jace Collins closed out the best for the Roos with another solid game.

Final score, Deni Rovers 19.22 (136) to Jerilderie 1.0 (6).

The Rovers thirds had one of their best performances of the year, downing a visiting Jerilderie side by 176 points.

The Roos had a great start and were able to convert multiple opportunities, with 14 goals in the first half.

Tim McDonnell (seven goals) and Hayden Gardner (five) starred up forward, while Anthony Zielke, Ben East and Rusty Milward ran riot in the middle of the ground.

Brock Thomson dominated across half forward, and defenders Thomas Chandler, Tom Thorpe and Ben Leetham helped keep the visitors to a low score.

Final score, Deni Rovers 27.15 (177) to Jerilderie 0.1 (1).


After a week off due to a general bye the Deni Rams fourths had a strong 75 point win against Moama.

The first two quarters were a tight tussle with plenty of physical contact, big tackles and limited scoring opportunities.

Led by Tom Bradley and assisted by Zac Mills, the backline held Moama’s forwards, repelling the ball back into the Rams’ forward half on numerous occasions.

In the second half the game opened up and the Rams played a great brand of football, with tireless worker Darcy McManus rewarded with six goals for the day.

The Rams controlled the game with the usual suspects like Charlie Hillier, Tom McCallum and Miller Fitzpatrick playing well.

In his post-match address coach Tim Hillier was happy with the effort all over the ground and said it was one of the better team performances for the year.

Kaileb Wilson, Brodie Park and Cooper King kicked one goal each, while Marcus Moorse and Luke Learmonth were also strong performers for the Rams.

Final score, Deni Rams 10.16 (76) to Moama 0.1 (1).

The Rams thirds have fallen from top spot following a 34 point loss to new ladder leader Moama.

A second quarter fade-out from the Rams saw them concede 5.2 while being unable to register a score.

It was a tight second half, but with both sides scoring 3.2 in the closing two quarters, it was the Magpies who left as victors.

Harry Hillier was Deni’s best on ground with Will Shaw and Ryan MacDonald also starring for the home side.

Also playing well for the Rams were Jake McManus, Kane Hall and Cooper Wallace.

Final score, Moama 9.6 (60) to Deni Rams 4.2 (26).


Blighty’s fourths have boosted their chances of a finals appearance following a 35 point win over Mathoura on Saturday.

After a tight opening half the Redeyes turned it on at Mathoura Recreation Reserve, booting 6.7 to the Timbercutters’ 2.1 to move up to sixth spot on the ladder.

Mathoura on the other hand dropped down to seventh with the loss.

Best players for Blighty were Dean Macdonald (four goals), Harry Sides, Harry Boyd, Wispa Brain, Jack Charlton, Will Bull and Charlie Waters.

Mathoura were best served by Kobi Baxter, Tomas Banks, Shaleah Cooper, Alvin Cooper, Matthew Pridham and Adam Lothian.