A third quarter lapse by Jerilderie has proven costly, with the Demons suffering a 40 point loss to Mathoura in round four of the Picola & District League season on Saturday.
After a close first half at Monash Park the Timbercutters took control, with five unanswered goals seeing a 31 point margin at three quarter time.
An even last quarter saw the visitors hold onto their lead, kicking two goals to one to pick up their first win of the season.
Jerilderie’s Jordy Anthony was picking up plenty of possessions and looking dangerous up forward, while Lachie Watson was ever reliable in the last line of defence.
Nick Parker stood up and was rock solid in defence and David Gregory fought hard on the ball. Hayden Smith and Harrison Curtin also played well, but it was Mathoura’s Dylan Russell, Darcy Robinson and Sam McHale who made the difference, each kicking three goals.
Final score, Mathoura 13.7 (85) to Jerilderie 6.8 (45).
From the first bounce both sides were hard at the ball, in a very even battle.
At the main break the match was in the balance, with the Demons holding a four point advantage.
The third term saw the Timbercutters lift their game and Jerilderie were slow to respond. Jerilderie were more accountable for their opponents in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough.
The Demons reserves also suffered a disappointing loss, going down by 16 points.
It was a tight first quarter with the Dees having a slight advantage at the first break.
Nick Baldwin was using his pace well to pick up plenty of possessions and young Rory Knight was providing a strong target up forward.
The Timbercutters lifted in the second term to go into the main break with a 23 point lead.
The home side responded in the third with Josh Rochford having an outstanding first game back after knee surgery and Adam Sweeney rock solid in defence.
The Demons narrowed the margin to eight points going into the last term.
It was a frantic last quarter with both sides desperate for the ball.
Ben Nash played well, kicking a goal, while Tom Murphy was strong in defence, but Jerilderie were unable to get over the top of Mathoura and went down by 16 points.
Final score, Mathoura 7.13 (55) to Jerilderie 5.9 (39).
Jerilderie’s fourths had an outstanding game, notching up their first win for the season.
Cruz Nash had a great game, picking up plenty of possessions and kicking two goals, while Lachie Wells was also hard at the ball all day.
Jason Ray was rock solid and provided plenty of run out of the backline as did Adam Aylett.
As the game went on, the Demons gained more confidence with Angus Moloney having an excellent game and fans saw Darby Edwards-Parsons dodge, duck and weave to snap a great goal.
In the end the Demons ran out 38 point winners.