Redeyes run all over Blues
A six-goal haul from Blighty skipper Kyel Bain was the highlight of the Redeyes’ 118-point walk-in-the-park against Picola United on Saturday.
The percentage-boosting win at Blighty Recreation Reserve has the Redeyes sitting one game outside the top three, and with Tocumwal (3rd) having a bye in round 17 the prized double chance is definitely in reach.
The result also makes it difficult for Picola to sneak into the top five, all but cementing this year’s Picola & District Football League finals contenders.
Final score: Blighty 25.17 (167) def. Picola United 8.1 (49).
A monster first term saw the Redeyes pile on eight goals to the visitors’ one before a further four had them leading by 58 points at half-time.
Any ideas about Blighty running out of steam in the second half were unfounded with the Redeyes hammering home five more majors in the third stanza and eight in the last.
Jarrod Wilson was Blighty’s best player and finished with four goals, while Keith Baron and Mick Madden also kicked four.
Judd Barnes tore up the far wing and Sam Singleton fought hard in the middle.
For Picola United, David Lowe and John Walker were the standouts while Dylan Cunningham managed to split the middle four times, taking his season tally to 61.
In the reserves, Blighty came out on top in an important fourth versus fifth clash, 7.7 (49) def. 1.2 (8).
A ripping start saw the Redeyes put 3.2 on the scoreboard in the opening quarter, while the visitors went scoreless.
Two quarters later, Blighty had built a 34-point lead and the Blues were still searching for their first goal.
A further two majors in the final quarter was the icing on the cake for the Redeyes, with Bret Leech the main goalkicker with two.
The Redeyes were best served by Ben Littmann, Scott Loader, Kynan McKenzie and Lucas Peacock.
Better players for the visitors were Brett McPherson, Scott Baxter and Matt Smith.