Local teams do battle
A massive crowd is expected at the Blighty Recreation Reserve tomorrow for the Picola League’s north-west division grand final day.
Picola United take on Strathmerton in the senior footy and the Deni Rovers A grade are chasing an historic first flag up against their nemesis, Tocumwal.
In the only ‘local’ clash of the day, Deni Rovers and Blighty Redeyes will do battle in C reserve netball for the third year in a row.
Last year’s decider saw a goal in the dying seconds from Blighty shooter Rose Sievers secure the flag with a final score of Blighty 34 to Deni Rovers 33.
The game was incredibly close, with only a goal or two separating the teams throughout.
Sievers expects a similar outcome again for this year’s decider.
‘‘It’s going to be incredibly close again,’’ she said.
‘‘We’ve had some fantastic battles with the Rovers and we’ve managed to beat each other during the season.
‘‘We’ve really jelled well as a team this year, with most of us having been a part of last year’s grand final.’’
The Roos will go into this year’s final with a much different line-up compared to last year.
Acting captain Emma Arthur said she thinks it’s the Rovers’ turn for a win.
‘‘We have some fresh faces and we’re all working well together as a team,’’ she said.
‘‘I personally haven’t been a part of any side that’s come up against Blighty in a grand final, so I’m pretty excited about that.’’
The match between the Redeyes and the Rovers will start at 12.45pm at Blighty Recreation Reserve.
Blighty’s Under 13s netballers will be confident they can finish off their incredible season, when they play a home grand final against Picola United tomorrow.
The two sides have met three times this year, the Redeyes taking a clean sweep against the Blues.
The last time they met though it was just two goals that separated them, Blighty claiming the semi final win to earn a direct route to the grand final.
The Redeyes have been near unstoppable this year, dropping just the one game when they were heavily undermanned against Berrigan in round 13.
Coach Mary-Lynne Bradford said she expects a close game tomorrow.
‘‘The girls have had an outstanding season and have improved every match,’’ she said.
‘‘The last game against Picola it was tightly contested and scores were level late in the game.
‘‘But we kept calm and managed to just pull away for the win.
‘‘It was good to see that we were able to do enough to win in a tight situation.’’
With the game being played at the Blighty Recreation Reserve, the Redeyes have a home court advantage, with Bradford en- couraging members and supporters to cheer on her side.
‘‘Hopefully we’ll have plenty of support for the girls,’’ she said.
‘‘All year they’ve been keen to listen and learn.
‘‘If we can get as much local support as possible, then it could help the girls’ confidence.’’
For Blighty’s C reserve it’s deja vu, as they meet rival Deni Rovers in the grand final for the third year in a row.
The match is set to be a spectators’ delight, with just one goal splitting the teams in the past two deciders.
Rovers C reserve acting captain Emma Arthur and Blighty C reserve captain Rose Sievers are ready to go head-to-head tomorrow.
Blighty Under 13s (back, from left) Mary-Lynne Bradford (coach), Charlie Mason, Sophie Murray, captain Isabella McIlwain, Sarah Hanmer, Shelby Hislop; (front) April Weir, Nicola Stanworth, Eliza Bradford and Alicia Smith.
The Blighty Football Club would like to congratulate Jed Brain for winning the 2017 PDFL Best & Fairest – Well done Jed!