MATHOURA Football Club let four points slip through its fingers on Saturday.
The seniors travelled to take on Jerilderie in the Picola and District Football League determined for a final win before the home and away season ended.
But a lackluster performance resulted in a 124-point hiding and instead spelled a disappointing finish for the Timbercutters.
Luke Schwencke produced a stunning best on ground performance in his return game and was crucial in winning a number of clearances as the side’s leading ruckman.
He, along with the usual standouts in Jack Keogh, Dougal McKindlay and Lachlan Vagg, delivered another stunning display of footy, but it was the efforts of the remaining players which let them down.
James Eddy was also among the better players during the game and Nathan Rowbottom continued to perform above expectation, stepping up from the reserves to produce a strong senior game.
The Dees got off to a strong start on their home ground to kick seven goals to two in the first term.
Mathoura had nearly as many scoring shots, but was wasteful in front of goals to kick just one goal to five behinds and trail by 33 points at the change.
Aaron Purcell and Marc Shaw were unstoppable in the Dees’ forward line, kicking 13 goals between them, and played a large hand in setting up the 64-point half-time margin.
The third quarter again saw the Timbercutters kick one goal for the term.
The wind played havoc for the home side who kicked 2.7 in the third as several shots were sent flying off-line.
They maintained a solid 75-point lead heading into the final quarter before peppering the scoreboard with 11 goals in the last.
Mathoura’s play opened up to some degree in the fourth, kicking three goals, but Jerilderie ran out the game for its highest score this season 26.16 (172) to 6.12 (48).
The Timbercutters have a home game for the final round of the year when they host fourth-placed Tocumwal this weekend.
Unless something drastic happens before then it is likely to result in another loss.