Redeyes fire against Dees

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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.

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