Jerilderie Demons on the cusp of greatness

JERILDERIE will shoot for a hat-trick of premierships for the first time in the club’s history in Saturday’s Picola North West decider against Strathmerton.

The Demons, who have been the dominant force in the league for five years, have their chance to make history at Yarroweyah.

Jerilderie coach Josh Bode, who led the Demons to last year’s flag in his first year as coach after Jason Sanderson coached them to their first, said the club was confident of continuing its winning ways.

“The club has had some good success and hopefully that continues this week,” he said.

The Demons have every reason to be confident after defeating the Bulldogs by 22 points in the second semi-final.

Star forward Aaron Purcell kicked 11 that day and has 131 goals for the season.

But Bode certainly isn’t taking Strathmerton lightly.

The Bulldogs belted Berrigan by 166 points in last weekend’s preliminary final to put everyone on notice.

“They were really, really good,” Bode said.

“They are a side that is really good with the footy in hand.

“The key for us is to win the contested ball and not cough it up, because if you do that, they’ll make you look silly.”

Bode certainly wasn’t buying the favourites tag.

“We’ve had a pretty good record against them the past couple of years but there isn’t much between the sides,” he said.

“Every side has had a chance in all those games.

“It will be pretty close.”

The Demons have played just once in the past month after finishing on top of the ladder but Bode said that wasn’t going to be a burden for his team.

“We’ve got a lot of guys well over 30 and I know some say having those weeks off can be a bad thing, but it’s good for us,” he said.

“We’ll have a full list available.”

In the South East, Katamatite will start favourites at home against Katandra in the preliminary final.

The winner will face unbeaten Tungamah in next weekend’s decider.

The Bears beat the Tigers by 64 points in the second semi-final, while the Kats outlasted Rennie in the first semi.