New test as Roos travel to Rennie

May 12, 2018

Aaron Purcell returns to the side after being rested last week.

Deniliquin Rovers will be out to keep their undefeated season alive when they travel to Rennie tomorrow.

The Roos easily knocked off Katamatite on Saturday by 57 points and are sitting on top of the Picola Football League ladder after five rounds.

Rennie, too, are coming off a 25 point win over Tocumwal.

Tomorrow’s match will also be an historic occasion, as it will be the first time these two clubs have played in a season proper after the league’s divisions merged this year.

Prior to joining the Picola League’s south-east division a few years ago, Rennie had played in the Coreen & District Football League.

Rovers coach Josh Bode said he’s not sure what to make of the Picola League’s 2017 south-east division premiers.

‘‘They’ve lost a few of their premierships players, however their coach Craig Ednie is a very good player.

‘‘It’s a new challenge for our players and I expect it to be quite tough on Saturday.

‘‘We’ve never played in Rennie so it’ll also be a new experience to go there.

The Roos will be boosted by the return of star signing Aaron Purcell who’s back after being rested against Katamatite.

Caleb Pannell is also set to return from holiday, while Bode said veteran Terry Lumbar and youngster Ryan Murray are set to play seniors after impressing in the reserves.

The Rovers will be without Dylan Kerr and Adam Bodey through injury.

Bode said the key to beating the Grasshoppers will be ‘‘sticking to the game plan’’

‘‘It’s important we get off to a fast start.

‘‘We started slow against Jerilderie two weeks ago however last week we started well.

‘‘We need to treat this game just like last week. Most of our boys hadn’t really played Katamatite so we will go in with the same mindset.

‘‘Whether you play the same club every year or not, teams do change but we know what we have to do.

‘‘Our game is to attack the ball and we’ll stick to that, although we’ll be aware that it’ll probably be quite wet on Saturday and we’ll make those adjustments.’’

Selection: Rovers by six goals.

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