A fired up Mathoura side could do nothing but stop and stare as Deniliquin Rovers racked up a 101-point margin on Saturday.
The Timbercutters were pulled from pillar to post as raking punts flew over their heads towards the goal time after time.
In all the Rovers booted 20 with a further 23 behinds while Mathoura managed Deni’s first quarter score of 42 across the whole match.
Co-coaches Darcy Robinson and Jack Keogh were both in the bests for their side, and Keogh booted a major, but it wasn’t nearly enough to save the result.
Brody Lumber led the way for Deni, booting five, and was one of nine Rovers goal kickers, compared to Mathoura’s five.
A positive from the game is a week’s respite for Mathoura — they have the bye in the lead up to the July 7 match with local rivals Picola United.
Co-coach Darcy Robinson said all he asked for from his troops was effort, and they gave it everything.
‘‘Deni are going to be a big push for the flag this year and from the outset we took a mindset of just making sure the boys gave it a real crack,’’ he said.
‘‘The contest was key. That’s where it was won, we were in good stead for a while but their polish around the ground was just too much for us.’’
Robinson said he was pleased with how his side used the ball in the attacking end of the ground, and they earned a week’s rest.
‘‘Every time we entered the forward 50 we got something out of it — either a behind or a goal,’’ he said.
‘‘From where we were at the start of the season, and looking at now, it’s pleasing.
‘‘We asked them for that effort every week and we tend to play well when we’re up against it. We’re hoping to have some boys back for Picola.
‘‘(Picola) are a very strong team, perhaps the benchmark in the competition for the past three years. It’s good playing against these top sides because you get a gauge of how they play and we take a lot out of it,’’ he said.
Best on ground for Mathoura in the Deni match was a regular in the bests this year, Tyler Beasy.
With Robinson and Keogh in that group, Sam McHale, young defender Che Taranto, and Tye Haywood made up the remaining spots in the best performers.