Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Redeyes find form
Blighty’s fourths will enter the Picola & District League finals in fine form following an impressive 51 point win against Jerilderie on Saturday.
The round six clash at Monash Park saw the Redeyes put together their best performance for the year.
Blighty kept the Demons to just one goal for the first half, taking a 23 point lead into the main break.
The third term was a dominant one for the Redeyes, piling on 4.2 to 0.1 to extend their lead to 48 points.
The Demons put up a much stronger fight in the last term, but it was Blighty who came out on top.
Final score, Blighty 9.10 (64) to Jerilderie 2.1 (13).
Cobi Johnson starred for the Redeyes to be named best on ground, dominating by running out of the backline and spending time in the middle.
An unfortunate end to the game for Cobi soured the victory however, with the younggun breaking his collar-bone in the last quarter.
Max Caruso continued his strong form at centre half forward, while Logan White’s pace on the wing resulted in him scoring four goals.
Others to perform well were onballer/ forward pocket Seth Morris (two goals), forward Toby Grimwood (one) and skipper Will Dudley, who had another strong game in the middle.
For Jerilderie, Ben Kennedy provided the critical driving force from the centre and Nicola DiLullo started well in the backline.
Evan Lawton made some critical tackles and Angus Moloney provided a mobile options up forward, while Tex Flack and Chase Neutze closed out the best.
Blighty coach Matt Dudley said he rated the game as his side’s strongest performance for the year.
‘‘The main thing is that everyone is loving their footy and enjoying it,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a very good game. Jerilderie did play quite well despite what the scoreline showed.
‘‘It was quite a warm day and we rotated off the bench well so everyone could get a drink and get plenty of time on the field.
‘‘We are starting to hit our peak at the right time of the year and everyone is excited to take on Berrigan this weekend.’’
The third placed Redeyes will travel to Berrigan to face the second placed Saints in a semi final on Saturday.
Blighty’s thirds were unable to overcome Jerilderie, suffering a 37 point loss.
The Demons proved too good for the Redeyes in the first three quarters, jumping out to a 50 point lead heading into the last break.
Blighty refused to give up however, putting together a gutsy performance in the last term to kick 3.3 to 1.2.
Final score, Jerilderie 12.9 (81) to Blighty 6.8 (44).
Harvey White (one goal) was Blighty’s best, well supported by Jack Charlton, Sam Dudley (two), Kobi Baxter and Henry Michael.
Jerilderie’s better players were Ben Coghill (one goal), Tom Kennedy (four), Brad Aylett, Blair Eddy (three), Cruz Nash (two) and Brody Benjamin.
The winless Redeyes will head into their semi final clash as heavy underdogs when they face off against an undefeated Berrigan side at Berrigan on Saturday.
There was no fifths game held on Saturday, with the Redeyes playing their last game in round five.