Jerilderie’s still unbeaten but ‘no time to take foot off pedal’

JERILDERIE continues to run its own race in the Picola and District Football League after notching up another win and remaining unbeaten for the season so far.

This time it was Picola United who was beaten 4.2 (26) to 24.21 (165).

But, with a game in hand ahead of Strathmerton at the top of the ladder, coach Josh Bode said there was no time for taking the foot off the pedal.

“We can’t get ahead of ourselves,” he said.

“We’ve just got to keep improving internally and it doesn’t matter who we play as long as we’re improving every week.”

The Demons started the way they would go on, kicking 6.7 while keeping United to a solitary goal.

“We probably didn’t capitalise early enough on shots at goal,” Bode said.

“We kicked 24.21 for the day, and a lot of those (misses) were probably easy gets — that was the only disappointing thing for the day.

“But we kicked six goals every quarter so it was good we didn’t really have good or bad patches.

“It was just a pretty consistent and good football effort.

“It was a pretty physical game all day — they were always going to have a crack and we were ready for that and I thought our pressure was good all day.”

Power forward Aaron Purcell had a mixed day, kicking four goals and twice as many beh-inds.

But Lachie Leeds on the wing and Jarrod Hillary chimed in with four goals to help keep the scoreboard ticking over.

“We’re getting more goals from midfield which is good,” Bode said.

“We’re getting a little more spread and there are no passengers — everyone’s contributing.”

With 10 new faces from last year Bode said the side was still trying out new combinations.

There were plenty of good signs for the Demons, with Josh (2) and Jarrod Hillary moving forward, and Dougal Morrison coming in and playing an important role at full back on Dylan Cunningham.

With Brad Parker out after hurting his knee against Deniliquin, Bode said Lachlan Westwood and Tom Bryce shared the ruck load.

“It seems if someone’s injured or out of the side someone else has been able to step up,” Bode said.

Next week Jerilderie will face Mathoura who beat Blighty at the weekend.

“The competition is pretty open and every week is a challenge,” Bode said.

“Mathoura will be a physical side so we’ve just got to bring our A-game.”