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Picola District Football League preview: Waaia versus Deniliquin

By Tyler Maher

Deniliquin will face a much tougher task this weekend after dealing comfortably with Tocumwal last round.

The Rovers notched a 134-point Picola District Football League victory against the struggling Bloods, thanks largely to an eight-goal haul from Ricki Waters and outstanding performances from Dylan and Andrew May.

Josh Bode’s troops will travel to Waaia to take on the unbeaten Bombers on Saturday and will hope to keep their momentum rolling.

‘‘We played really well across half-back with our zone and did that right to the end which is pleasing,’’ Bode told the Pastoral Times.

‘‘Tocumwal are unfortunately a struggling side and we were able to capitalise with our spread and run away from stoppages.

‘‘We were able to force the ball up the ground which is why many of our shots on goal were from about the 40m mark.

‘‘The May brothers were excellent, Ricki was among the best on ground.

‘‘There’s still plenty of improvement we need to start showing. I think we can improve, especially being more physical around stoppages.

‘‘Waaia are a great side around stoppages, so we will need to match them in that area.

‘‘A few weeks ago we faced a big challenge against Rennie and failed; this week is an important test for the boys.’’

The Bombers have five wins to their name from five outings, and put their feet up with a bye last week.

The side has conceded just 202 points for the season and will look to shut down Deniliquin’s attacking power on Saturday.

Mark Meyland will be attempting to get off the leash up the other end of the ground for Waaia though, with 19 goals to his name from just four matches this year.