Demons battle bravely in wet
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.