The Deniliquin Rovers gave Waaia the fright of its life in Saturday’s Picola District Football League action, but the surging Bombers had enough in the tank to make it six wins on the trot.
The inconsistent Rovers spotted the Bombers a 24-point half-time advantage, but dug deep and found their best footy in the third term to turn for home down just 11 points.
Again they battled hard in the last and were within a sniff of a famous upset, but eventually fell 11 points short.
Tim Belford was best for Waaia along with Brayden Coates and Charlie Burrows, with twin forward powers Connor Brown and Mark Meyland slotting four goals each.
For the Rovers, Andrew May, Allan Bond and Josh Flight stood out along with James Kirby, who kicked three goals.
●In one of the biggest upsets of the season so far, Jerilderie produced a 28-point triumph against Blighty to get its season back on track.
The Demons had not won since a similarly surprising upset of Picola United in round two and after scrapping to a three-point lead at half-time, took full control in the second.
They kicked eight goals to four in the second half to run away with it, with Jordon Anthony kicking three while Brad Parker, David Gregory, Harrison Curtin and Nick Parker each kicked two.
Blighty coach Jack Tyndall kicked three goals in the loss, which dropped the Redeyes to 2-5 and outside the top eight.
●Strathmerton absolutely dominated its clash with Tocumwal, winning by a hefty 219 points.
The game quickly turned into a training run for the Bulldogs, with Travis Down (nine goals), Zack Betson (five), Theo Thomas (four) and Simon Russell (three) all right among the goals.
The nine goals for Down was the second straight week he has done that, taking his season tally to 30 goals.
●Berrigan kept rolling with an 85-point dismantling of Mathoura, set up with eight goals to two in the first term.
The win moved the Saints to 6-1 for the season, third on the ladder and clearly established among the competition’s elite.
Tom Beams continued excellent form with five goals, with Will Robinson (three goals) and Adam Way also starring.
Jake Ellery, Che Taranto and Clay Poidevin were good for Mathoura along with former Echuca player Amos Farrell, who was cleared to the Timbercutters last week.
●Picola United took care of business against Yarroweyah, winning by 58 points.
Six goals to one in the first quarter got the Blues well on their way, with the Hoppers fighting hard from their yet unable to eat into the deficit at all.
Ben Gill slotted seven goals for United with Kyle Saunders kicking two, with Marcus Walsh, Blake Jorgensen, Luke Jackson and Dan Atkinson all quality.
Keegan Oliver, Andy Jones and Daniel Rushby tried hard, while it was a big day for Geoff Benson as he broke the club’s senior games record.