Tigers claw back to earn their stripes

By Alex Mitchell

Final-quarter heroics helped Katamatite make it three wins in a row and move to third place on the ladder in the Picola District Football League.

In a barn-burner at Katamatite Recreation Reserve, the Tigers trailed Mathoura by a point at three-quarter-time, but saved their best football for the last term, slotting 5.5 to the Timbercutters’ 1.2 to storm away and win by 26 points.

The result left the Tigers 11-3 for the season and jumped them into third on the ladder, although Berrigan and Rennie have an opportunity to jump in front of them next weekend when the Tigers have a bye.

Mathoura competed with class and was supremely efficient in front of goal, kicking 12.2 through three quarters to give the Tigers a huge test.

Forward Brodie McDonald continued sensational form with another seven goals, but it was not a lone hand up forward, with Jedd Wright finding four majors of his own.

Pat Horsburgh was best for the Tigers with Tom Buzza and Sam Poole also in great form, while Amos Farrell was huge for the Timbercutters with three goals.

●Strathmerton made it nine wins in a row, but again took time to find its best football in a 47-point win against Katunga.

The Bulldogs were just eight points up at three-quarter-time against the 12th-ranked Swans, but flew home with 6.5 in the last quarter to win comfortably.

Travis Down and Simon Russell kicked three goals each for the Bulldogs, while Adrian Crestani, Tyron Hill and Matt Shannon were class.

Katunga, which is just 2-11 for the season, had huge performances from Mitch Sidebottom, Xavier Thorp and Will Newman.

●Picola United ground out a 12-point win against Jerilderie to give itself breathing room in the race for finals.

A tight contest throughout, the Blues had an answer to every Demon challenge and eventually took a two-goal win, with power forward Ben Gill kicking six goals in another impressive return.

Other standouts for the Blues included Clinton Barnes, Marcus Walsh and Blake Jorgensen, while Cameron McFadyen had himself a day for the Demons with six big ones.

The Blues are 6-7 and seventh on the ladder, with a two-game gap to ninth-ranked Jerilderie.

●Deniliquin claimed bragging rights with an 18-point win against Blighty to move to 7-6 for the season.

The Rovers found themselves in a great deal of trouble at half-time down 18 points, but turned the game on its head with four unanswered goals in the third term to get in the box seat.

Djaran Whyman, Nathan Kerr and Scott Howard kicked two goals each for the Rovers, with Allan Bond, Des Morgan and Ryan Murray in good form.

Tanner Robertson, Tyler Amor-Beale and Jack Tyndall were good for Blighty, which remains just one game outside the top eight despite a 4-9 record.

●Rennie cruised to the easiest win of its season to date, seeing off Tocumwal by 178 points.

The Bloods would trouble the scorers just once for the day with a behind, with the Hoppers slotting 26 majors for the huge win.

Chase Strawhorn kicked seven in the rout and Dan Mangan kicked four, with Mangan also named best-on-ground.