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Mathoura couldn’t keep it going

By Riverine Herald

MATHOURA’S strong first quarter was not backed up as Rennie over-ran the Timbercutters on Saturday in the Picola and District Football League.

An 87-point thumping was handed down by the Hoppers, with two of their players booting six goals each.

The 2017 south-east division premiers showed a glimpse of what they are still capable of doing, as the margin increased in each quarter.

The Timbercutters can hold their head high though, as 46 points is the club’s second highest total this year — behind the 48 points scored in their win over Jerilderie.

Five Mathoura players managed to get themselves onto the goal scorers’ list, which is another part of the game co-coach Jack Keogh was proud of.

‘‘We gave them a big rev up at half time and they responded well. Our backline was really strong in the second, our midfielders worked both ways whereas they were lazy in the first.

‘‘Josh Walter was put in the midfield which helped a lot. I think our forward possession is getting better and our defensive pressure is really good, it’s been lacking in other games,’’ he said.

The loss sends Mathoura to the foot of the Picola and District Football League ladder, as Yarroweyah secured its maiden victory of the season against Tocumwal on Saturday.

Saturday sees Mathoura head to league leaders Waaia.

The Bombers are coming off the back of a huge win in the context of their season — a seven point win over the previously undefeated Deniliquin Rovers.

It would be the shock of the season if the Timbercutters were to pull off a win in the lair of the top team. But that doesn’t mean that’s not what they’ll aim to achieve.

‘‘That’s going to be a very tough task. All we can ask from them is to continue the effort, but we’re certainly not going over expecting a win but if the effort and intensity is there then I’ll be happy.

‘‘It’s been tough, we’ve played one team out of seven or eight that won’t play finals so a tough start and we didn’t know how we’d react to those sides.

‘‘We’re certainly gelling well, and still have four or five players to come in,’’ Keogh said.

The match will be played at Waaia Recreational Reserve on Saturday. First bounce is at 2.05pm.