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Rovers dominant at Toc.

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June 12, 2018

Rovers forward Brody Lumber gets a kick away under pressure from a Tocumwal opponent. Photo courtesy Helen Barker.

Full forward Aaron Purcell had a day out booting eight goals for the Deni Rovers against Tocumwal on Saturday.

The Roos were far too good for the battling Bloods, winning every quarter in round 10 of the Picola & District League contest.

Purcell’s haul continued an excellent season at his new home, with fellow forwards Brody Lumber (four goals) and Ricky Waters (three) also on target.

Waters was a clear best on ground for the Roos, with brothers Andrew and Dylan May and Brendan and Damian Hope also playing well for the visitors.

Roos thirds player Tim McDonnell made his senior debut as the sub, coming on in the last quarter and kicking a goal.

For Tocumwal, Mitch Bell and Tim Garlick battled hard all day, but it was not enough to prevent a sixth consecutive defeat.

Final score, Deni Rovers 21.17 (143) to Tocumwal 7.7 (49).

Rovers coach Josh Bode was pleased with his side’s effort.

‘‘We weren’t the best defensively but you can’t complain with a nearly 100 point win,’’ he said.

‘‘We were missing blokes like Dylan Kerr and James Gilligan but still got the job done.

‘‘It was probably the first game where we’ve played both Aaron (Purcell) and Brody (Lumber) deep in the forward half. They kicked 12 goals between them which was good for us.

‘‘Des Morgan spent some time in the middle and played well and Pete Lewis was solid at centre half back.

‘‘We’re 9-1 heading into the bye which is better than we expected before the season. It’s now up to us as to where we finish at the end of the season.’’

The undefeated Rovers reserves will go into the break on top of the ladder following a 76 point win over Tocumwal.

A strong first half saw the Roos keep the Bloods scoreless to lead by 54 points.

Final score, Deni Rovers 13.10 (88) to Tocumwal 1.6 (12).

Defender Jack Hope was Deni’s best, with great support from Daniel Mison, Jamie Thorpe, Scott Howard, Jordyn McCulloch and Tom Bradford.

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