Redeyes fire against Dees
Blighty has snatched top spot on the Picola and District Football League ladder following its rampant 50-point win over an undermanned Jerilderie on Saturday.
After finishing minor premier last season, Jerilderie has now dropped three games in a row and slumped to fifth on the ladder.
It is only the third time Blighty has beaten Jerilderie since the Demons joined the Picola League five years ago.
‘‘It was a bit of a slog in the first half,’’ Redeyes coach Stewart Craig said.
‘‘We started to put it together pretty well in the second half. We were very aware [of our poor record against Jerilderie] but we just concentrated on what we had to do.
‘‘[The attitude towards the game] was good really. It has been all year but it stood out on Saturday . . . particularly when it was close.’’
Final score: Blighty 12.16 (88) defeated Jerilderie 5.8 (38).
The Redeyes held on to a slender eight-point lead at the first change but it could have been more if it wasn’t for wasteful kicking.
After blazing 2.5 in the opening term, Blighty straightened up with 3.2 in the second quarter to increase its lead to 14 points at half time.
The home side could only manage a further two goals for the match as Blighty piled on another two in the third term and five in the last.
Brody Lumber booted five goals in the win to take his season tally to 23, while speedy midfielder Cameron Schultz middled two.
Jerilderie’s Chris Marshall was the home side’s best, kicking two goals, while youngster Blair Henery was also impressive.
Jerilderie was without coach Jason Sanderson, while Blighty tall Drew Plattfuss withdrew from the game on Saturday morning after pulling up with a sore calf injury.
Lachie Leeds played his first senior game for the Demons, straight from fourths in 2011, and rose to the challenge with great poise and natural ability.
Other good players for the Dees were Aaron Purcell, Scott Sanderson, James Mcrae and Lachie Taylor-nugent.
In the reserves, Blighty was also victorious.
The visitors led every change in 42-point win.
Final score, Blighty 9.14 (68) defeated Jerilderie 4.2 (26).
Brodie Bennett kicked three goals for the Redeyes, while Tim Hanns and Scott Loader led by example to be Blighty’s best players.
Bobby Arnold, Andrew Julian, Ian Taylor and Jake Edwards were Jerilderie’s best.
The under 17s again had a great win with Blair Henery booting eight goals.
All in all a great team effort. Best players: Blair Henery, Lachie Leeds, Jack Anthony, James Gregory and Joe Catena.
The under 14s have kept their momentum going from last year and are playing some great footy under new coach David Leeds.
Good to see the boys sharing the footy and goals amongst each other. Best: Nick Parker, Tom Sleigh, Lachie Kennett, Mitchell A’vard, Harrison Bradford and Andrew Neessen.
This week Jerilderie travels to Mathoura.