Demons bat­tle bravely in wet

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Pi­cola United took care of Jer­ilderie in wet con­di­tions at Pi­cola on Satur­day by 94 points.

After a slow start, the Blues pow­ered to an 11-goal half-time lead thanks to a com­mand­ing 8.5 to no score sec­ond quar­ter.

Pi­cola ex­tended their un­de­feated record to eight wins, now hav­ing de­feated ev­ery other side in the Pi­cola & Dis­trict Foot­ball League.

Fi­nal score, Pi­cola 15.12 (102) to Jer­ilderie 1.2 (8).

In ex­tremely wet and muddy con­di­tions, the Demons showed great com­mit­ment and man­aged to hold the league lead­ers to two goals for the first term.

Cameron Arnold was un­re­lent­ing in de- fence, throw­ing his body on the line all day, well sup­ported by the ever de­pend­able Josh Hil­lary.

The sec­ond quar­ter saw the Blues gain con­trol and pile on eight goals for the term.

With the back­line un­der at­tack all quar­ter James McRae and Lachie Wat­son were stand-outs for the Demons with their des­per­a­tion and at­tack on the ball.

At half time, the Demons re­grouped and came out with re­newed vigour and re­stricted Pi­cola United to just two goals while McRae scor­ing the first and only goal for the Demons.

With the game out of reach, Jer­ilderie con­tin­ued to at­tack the ball hard in the last term with coach Chris Mar­shall lead­ing by ex­am­ple and Ja­cob Read show­ing plenty of run out of the back­line, re­strict­ing the Blues to just three goals.

De­spite the com­pre­hen­sive na­ture of his side’s vic­tory, Pi­cola coach Jon Var­coe was full of praise for his op­po­si­tion, who he said just strug­gled to han­dle the con­di­tions quite as well as his team.

‘‘It was a very phys­i­cal game, a re­ally strong con­test,’’ he said.

‘‘I thought the boys han­dled the ball very well in very chal­leng­ing con­di­tions,’’ Var­coe said.

For the Blues, cen­tre half for­ward Thomas Boyd and small for­ward Tay­lor Beard kicked four goals each while David Daniel was named best afield.

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