Breakthrough win for Mathoura fourths

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

It was a massive day for the Mathoura fourths on Saturday, with the young Timbercutters scoring their first win of the Picola & District League season against Yarroweyah.

With both sides heading into the clash winless they were both desperate for victory, with Mathoura scoring the 34 point win in front of their home crowd.

Mathoura got off to a decent start with Kyle Magro controlling the ruck with Seth Langman and Heath Turner setting up the boys with their strong bodies and tough running to take a two goal lead into quarter time.

The Timbercutters’ heads were held high as they ran on and continued to penetrate the forward 50 with Nick Pell and Heath bagging a couple each and bringing all the momentum the home side’s way.

Leroy Edwards, who has been a rock at fullback all season, made the move forward and quickly slotted in with a goal to cap off a fantastic win.

Others to star for Mathoura were Kobi Baxter, Tom Lothian and Adam Lothian.

Final score, Mathoura 6.6 (42) to Yarroweyah 1.2 (8).


The Deni Rovers thirds played host to the undefeated Strathmerton on Saturday, with the home side going down by 32 points despite their best efforts.

The Roos had a great week on the track and were determined to knock off a top team.

Ray Murphy started on fire kicking two goals in the first quarter to have Deni up by 10 points at quarter time.

The pressure at the contest and around the ground was fantastic, led by Braith Wade and Anthony Zielke in the centre of the ground.

The backline again stood up under the pressure of a strong forward line, with Will Martin, Tom Blake and Tommy Chandler all having excellent games.

With even contributors all over the ground the Roos were in touch at three quarter time, however the fitness and class of Strathy took the game in the second half of the fourth quarter.

Final score, Strathmerton 10.9 (69) to Deni Rovers 6.1 (37).

The Rovers fourths had an outstanding win, defeating second placed Strathmerton by 19 points.

The fourth placed Roos were down at half time, but rallied to keep Strathmerton scoreless in the second half with a great team effort in a tough physical game.

Alvin Cooper kicked three goals to be named best on ground, with other good players including Liam East at fullback, Nick Stubbings on a back flank and Jemika Cooper, Jackson Muldoon-Leetham and Dan Du toit in the back pocket.

Fourths coach Peter Wills said that every player did their bit on Saturday.

‘‘It’s one of the best wins I’ve been associated with since I started coaching,’’ he said.

‘‘They looked like they where gone but they fought back to win well in the end against a bigger and taller side.’’

Final score, Deni Rovers 5.8 (38) to Strathmerton 3.1 (19).


The Deni Rams thirds were beaten by a bigger, faster and more determined Tongala side in round nine of the Murray League at Hardinge St Oval on Saturday.

Tongala dominated the first quarter kicking three straight goals while holding the Rams scoreless.

By half time the visiting side held a comfortable 23 point lead.

The Rams had a better second half led by Rusty Millward and Will McCallum, who both had their best games for the year.

They were supported by Zach Mills, Luke Learmonth and Cable Fitzpatrick.

The team needs re-focus as they take on second placed Mulwala at their home ground tomorrow.

Rams best players were Rusty Milward, Darcy McManus, Zach Mills, Will McCallum, Cable Fitzpatrick and Luke Learmonth.

Final score, Tongala 8.6 (54) to Deni Rams 4.4 (28).

Goals : D. McManus 3, A. Matthews

The Rams fourths had a big test against the highly rated Tongala and came away with an outstanding 35 point win.

Tongala jumped out of the gates kicking two goals in the first few minutes of the game.

The Rams clicked into gear following this and created plenty of scoring opportunities while limiting their opposition to only one more goal for the game.

Following a week away at state trials, Charlie Hillier had a great game controlling the centre contests and pushing forward to kick three goals.

Across the backline Brodie Park repelled numerous attacks, and was backed up by Cooper King, Will McCartney and Logan Leiper.

In a welcome return, Brodie Elphick had his best game for the year kicking a couple of goals and assisting in plenty of others.

Better players in a team effort were Charlie Hillier, Will McCartney, Brodie Park, Logan Leiper, Harley Hicks and Brodie Elphick.

Final score, Deni Rams 8.7 (55) to Tongala 3.2 (20).