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PDFL: Deniliquin Rovers v Picola United preview

By Alex Mitchell

Picola United will begin its attempt to reach a fourth consecutive Picola District Football League grand final when it takes on Deniliquin Rovers on Sunday at Blighty.

In an elimination final between two sides that have only hit their straps at various stages this season, one team will pull off a finals win and move through to face the loser of next weekend's Strathmerton-Berrigan showdown.

For the Rovers, they will be out to win their first final since the 2008 elimination final, when they knocked off Strathmerton by 16 points — a win that had also broken a long finals drought with them not having won a final before then since 1996.

They warmed up for the Picola United match with a 101-point dismissal of Yarroweyah, one coach Josh Bode told the Pastoral Times had been particularly impressive.

"Last time we played Yarroweyah it was a tight battle, but we’re playing a lot differently now compared to then,’’ Bode said.

‘‘We’ve had a focus on ensuring we improve each week and we definitely achieved that again this week.

‘‘We started a little bit scratchy and were fumbly in the first quarter, but we got it all together in the end.

‘‘We played team footy once again. There were no passengers and everyone brought the right attitude.’’

United went down to Berrigan by 63 points, but would be buoyed by the fact it has beaten the Rovers this season, a one-point thriller in round 10.

But the Rovers have rattled off six wins in seven games since, and Bode said the team's cohesion was sky-rocketing.

‘‘All of these blokes playing so well comes down to everyone else playing their role," he said.

‘‘We’re playing predictable footy to each other which means we are getting the best out of everyone.’’

United will look to established stars like Blake Jorgensen, Corey Cogan and Marcus Walsh to lead the way, while Tom Hislop has shown potential to kick a bag of goals.

For the Rovers, Andy May, Ricki Water and Terry Lumbar are all in good form, while former AFL talent Djaran Whyman looms as an X-factor.