Four-quarter football needed by Yarroweyah

By Cobram Courier

Yarroweyah squandered a 21-point half-time lead to lose its third match in a row, this time going down 87-117 at home to Deniliquin Rovers in the Picola and District Football League.

The Hoppers scored a combined seven points in its previous two opening quarters, however, Geoff Benson’s troops kicked 5.1 to lead the Rovers by 10 points at the first change on the weekend.

Benson credited better preparation for the quick start, but acknowledged his side was well off the mark in the second half.

‘‘We were able to put pressure on them early and we jumped them,’’ he said.

‘‘After half time, we just didn’t come out with the same sort of intensity and tapered off.

‘‘Deni are a good side and you can’t give good sides a sniff.’’

Yarroweyah had nine goalscorers with five scoring multiples, including Andrew Jones, who kicked his ninth for the year..

Benson made a special mention of Percy, 17, who played exceptionally well in the eyes of the coach.

Unfortunately the youngster looks set for a spell on the sideline after leaving the ground in an ambulance after sustaining an ankle injury.

Next weekend the Hoppers take the short trip take on neighbours Strathmerton, which towelled up Rennie by 55 points on the weekend.

‘‘We need to come out and play with the same intensity as we did last weekend, we can’t be afraid and we need to string together four quarters,’’Benson said.

‘‘A good result will help us build some momentum to carry into matches against some of the teams lower down the table.’’

On a positive note, the Hoppers will keep the four points from round one after Tocumwal's appeal regarding the fielding of an ineligible player was dismissed.