Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Blighty in jeopardy


Round 15 of Picola and District Football Netball League will have Blighty travel to Picola, to battle Picola United.

But the lockout of Murrumbidg­ee, Wagga Wagga, Lockhart Shire and Hay Shire council areas from the border bubble, for residents and visitors, has reduced availabili­ty, with many Blighty players travelling to those areas for work.

Tomorrow’s seniors and reserves footballer­s, along with the C Reserves netballers, may have to face a forfeit, according to Blighty FNC president Al Nicholls.

‘‘We’ve got quite a few players who have also been in those red zones and aren’t able to go into Victoria (to play),’’ Nicholls said.

‘‘We don’t know whether we’re going to be able to field all teams.’’

Nicholls said the match could be a struggle since Picola was a confident home-game team, particular­ly as Blighty struggles to maintain players in their seniors grade.

The Redeyes have been giving their thirds players a run on the

seniors’ ground, but Nicholls said they’d be pulling back since the thirds were a chance for finals.

He highlighte­d the ‘‘flat out’’ workrate of the hard-running side, particular­ly guns Dean MacDonald, Charlie Waters and Will Dudley.

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