Jerilderie Demons wary after Saints’ day from hell

Coach josh Bode speaks with his team. Picture: TARA GOONAN
Coach josh Bode speaks with his team. Picture: TARA GOONAN

JERILDERIE coach Josh Bode admits he was surprised to see rival Berrigan get belted by 117 points last week.

But he is expecting the Saints to take their shocking loss to Strathmerton out on his Demons on Saturday.

The North West rivals clash for the first time this season on Saturday and Bode, whose Demons sit unbeaten on top of the ladder, isn’t taking the Saints lightly.

“I’m sure they are looking to bounce back from that,” Bode said.

“I thought it would be a lot closer.

“This is always a different game and there is obviously a big rivalry there.

“It should be 100 miles an hour and we’re looking forward to it.”

Bode said he was happy with how Jerilderie was travelling but hoped Saturday’s contest would bring the best out of his team.

“Hopefully,” he said.

“We’ve improved each week and we’ll be looking for that again.”

Berrigan coach Ty Russell, who coached Jerilderie when it was in the Coreen league, labelled Saturday’s defeat to Strathmerton as a debacle.

“We’re going to have improve a lot,” he said.

“They’re on top and undefeated, so we need to show something if we are going to be any chance.

“Strathmerton was too quick and too sharp for us.

“To be honest, I underestimated how good they were.

“They are a very good side.”