Deniliquin Pastoral Times

‘Exceptiona­l’ effort despite loss

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Seniors: Final score: Picola United 42.21 (273) Blighty 2.0 (12).

Blighty’s available reserves and senior players travelled to Picola to play after a few weeks off.

Before the game the word ‘effort’ was written on the board and coaches said the effort was ‘‘exceptiona­l’’. In the third quarter Blighty hit the scoreboard with Myles Amor kicking the first goal. The veteran Brett ‘Nappies’ Napier, who showed he can’t really play loose in defence, was very good with his voice and instructin­g his teammates.

Andrew Simpson has been the biggest improver and had another great game playing in the centre all game.

Shannon Sampson, Jamie Loy, George Reid, Jack Michael and Marcus Jackson tried their hearts out in defence all game with the ball being in the back half for 90 per cent of the game. Darren Bassett and Myles Amor shared the ruck work and both can hold their heads high.

All men walked off the field as a group that never gives up. Best: Billy Michael.

Reserves: No game.

Thirds: Final score: Picola United 5.3 (33) lost to Blighty 13.7 (85).

After a couple of weeks off due to lockdowns the boys were keen to get back on the park. Playing a quality side like Picola at Picola, Blighty knew we had to bring our ‘A’ game. This was an all or nothing game, as a win was needed to make to top eight.

The boys started the game with plenty of run and talk, which was led by captain Charlie Waters.

The boys constantly won the ball out of the middle

to giving the forwards opportunit­y to score and they did. The backline was strong all day playing tight on their man which cut down any options Picola had.

The thirds played like a well-oiled machine coming away with a 52 point win.

BOG: Dean Macdonald with four goals. Charlie Waters and Bede Orr also received awards playing in the middle all day. Harry Mcllwain and Kobi Baxter were in the best kicking four goals between them.

Fourths: Final score: Picola United 1.1 (7) lost to Blighty 16.13 (109).

Wow, isn’t it amazing how much two weeks of no football can make a group of young kids so hungry to play football again.

From the way these young Redeyes conducted themselves at training the last couple of weeks it was obvious they had come to play, and play they did.

From the start of the first quarter to the end of the last, the effort, endeavour and pressure was impressive.

They did not leave anything behind and it showed on the scoreboard, giving the fourths their biggest win of the season.

It is unfortunat­e that we only have one game to go in the season as this young group are really starting to gel and find their feet. Hopefully they can keep the momentum going and cause a big upset against Tungamah this week.

Best Players: Jez Doolan, Will Doolan, Mitch Grimwood, Nick Taylor, Ash Hines, Pip Bain.

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