Blighty’s big victory
There were no signs of complacency from Blighty when they dismantled a visiting Yarroweyah side by 172 points in round nine of the Picola League’s north-west division on Saturday.
The Redeyes came out of the blocks firing with a nine goal opening term, which included another big mark from onballer Jed Brain who soared onto the shoulders of his opponent when in the forward line.
Blighty continued to pile on the goals, with inaccuracy the only thing preventing them from having an even bigger win, kicking 6.11 in the final term.
In a huge upside for the Redeyes, thirds player Corey Percy was named their best covering a lot of the ground and Lenny Clarke was a force up forward with seven goals.
Lachie MacDonald had his best game for the season for Blighty, booting four goals from a forward flank, supported well by Brett Macdonald (four goals), Tom Draffin (three) and Kyel Bain (three).
For the Hoppers it was playing coach Paul Massingham who was best, playing deep in defence, with Harley Constable, Joe Cipriani and Ben Soule all playing well.
Final score, Blighty 27.27 (189) to Yarroweyah 2.5 (17).
Blighty assistant coach Brayden Hall was impressed with how his side performed.
‘‘Coming off a loss we wanted to make a statement,’’ he said.
‘‘It was fantastic to see that we came in with the right level of intensity and that nobody was flat at the start of the game.
‘‘The goal kicking could use a lot of improvement but we weren’t just blazing away at goal.
‘‘Everyone did the right thing and made sure that shots were only taken if a player had the ball inside 40 metres.
‘‘It was important for us to have a big win and improve our percentage because it could be the difference between top spot and second at the end of the year, but we still have plenty of work to do before we worry about that too much.
‘‘If you were to say to me before the season that we would be sitting second on the ladder and only losing one game to the reigning premier by two goals then I’d take that any day.’’