Blighty’s big vic­tory

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

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.’’

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