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Redeyes find form

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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.

 ??  ?? ■ RIGHT: Blighty’s Kane Mor­ris gets his hand­ball away de­spite the ef­forts of Jer­ilderie’s Brody Ben­jamin in the thirds. Photo courtesy Sally Simp­son.
■ RIGHT: Blighty’s Kane Mor­ris gets his hand­ball away de­spite the ef­forts of Jer­ilderie’s Brody Ben­jamin in the thirds. Photo courtesy Sally Simp­son.
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