On the back of its first win in two years, Yarroweyah came crashing back to Earth against a Deniliquin Rovers side fresh off a close loss to a powerful Waaia unit.
The match was played at a breakneck pace and the key targets up front for Deni in Aaron Purcell and Brody Lumbar meant key defenders Stephen Marshall and Phil Creighton were in for a torrid day, while some of the smaller forwards also figured prominently among the goals.
The task was made more difficult by an injury to Hoppers skipper Beau Quinane in the second quarter.
The match was a battle of the bigger bodies of Deniliquin’s midfield and the fleeter-footed Yarroweyah team.
Shaun Greenway was again a shining light in the midfield with his elite running and ball use, giving his teammates plenty of good opportunities.
Jack Dingle, 17, provided some hardness at the contest and run and carry.
Keegan Oliver provided some grunt in the midfield and a target up forward to produce a solid game, while Mitch Macheda continued his good form over recent weeks and is another young player progressing well, with clever ball use a factor in his form.
Mick Skolyarve played well in defence and collected plenty of possessions and Andy Jones as usual was his team’s most damaging forward on a day that was difficult for the Hoppers’ forwards.
There were some valuable lessons learnt from the match and the coaches will continue with some good positive reinforcement of how they want the team to play moving forward.