Heartbreak for Blighty under 13s

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It was heartbreak for Blighty’s Under 13s in the Pi­cola League grand fi­nal against Pi­cola United, go­ing down by four goals on their home court on Satur­day.

The Redeyes and the Blues put on a spec­ta­tor’s de­light, with scores level at quar­ter time 4-all.

The match stayed close with both sides go­ing goal for goal in the sec­ond, nei­ther able to break the dead­lock with scores at 11-all at half time.

Pi­cola edged their way in front in the third term, scor­ing three goals to one in a lows­cor­ing quar­ter to take a two-goal lead head­ing into the fi­nal break.

Scor­ing picked up in the fi­nal term, with both sides mak­ing the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties.

But in the end it was the Blues out­class­ing the Redeyes fin­ish­ing in front 21-17 and claim­ing the premier­ship cup.

Pi­cola’s Cody Power was judged as best on court, earn­ing her the medal.

Blighty coach Mary-Lynne Brad­ford said Pi­cola was just too good in the end.

‘‘They were just on their game and couldn’t do a thing wrong,’’ she said.

‘‘It was still close and com­pet­i­tive so it was a fan­tas­tic ef­fort from our girls too.

‘‘We had a lot of peo­ple watch­ing which may have added some ex­tra pres­sure.

‘‘The girls were pretty up­set fol­low­ing the game but they should hold their heads high.

‘‘We had such a good year and I’m very proud of them.’’

Blighty de­fender Sarah Han­mer puts pres­sure on the Pi­cola shooter on Satur­day. Photo cour­tesy David Jack­son.

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