Dad’s dream comes true

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It was a spe­cial day for Matt ‘Jok Bok’ Boyd when he re­ceived a sur­prise call-up to the se­nior side for Blighty, which meant he would line up along­side his 15 year-old son Jake on Satur­day.

The Redeyes were forced to make a late change, open­ing up the op­por­tu­nity for the bloke known as Jok Bok.

‘‘It was def­i­nitely a last minute deal and for some rea­son they picked me,’’ Jok said.

‘‘I thought that when Jake played his first se­nior game a cou­ple of weeks ago it was my proud­est day in footy, but to line up along­side him was just so ex­cit­ing.

‘‘I’m still on cloud nine from it all but my form doesn’t war­rant an­other se­nior game any­time soon,’’ he said with a laugh.

‘‘I can’t thank Daniel Kirchen and the club enough for mak­ing this hap­pen.’’

Blighty drew level on pre­mier­ship points with lad­der leader Pi­cola United af­ter eas­ily ac­count­ing for Mathoura on Satur­day.

The Redeyes won by 82 points at home , while United lost its first match of the sea­son, go­ing down to Strath­mer­ton by 10 points.

Only per­cent­age is keep­ing sec­ond placed Blighty from top spot on the Pi­cola League’s north-west di­vi­sion lad­der, with both clubs boast­ing a 9-1 win-loss record.

Blighty went into last Satur­day’s game with­out key de­fender Matt O’Con­nor as well as on­ballers Jed Brain and Josh Peers, who should all re­turn for this Satur­day’s crunch match with Strath­mer­ton.

Af­ter keep­ing Mathoura goal­less in the first quar­ter, a six-goals-to-one sec­ond term from the home side saw the mar­gin blow out to 59 points by half-time.

Af­ter a strong third term the Redeyes took the foot off the pedal in the last with both sides scor­ing three ma­jors each to close out the game.

Blighty co-cap­tains Judd Barnes and Kyel Bain both led by ex­am­ple while hard in and un­der on­ballers Tom Draf­fin and Sam Sin­gle­ton also per­formed well.

Bray­den Hall played an­other strong de­fen­sive game and on­baller James Kennedy had an im­pres­sive day, kick­ing three goals in the first half for the Redeyes.

For Mathoura it was Nathan Row­bot­tom who was best, keep­ing Blighty full for­ward Lenny Clarke to two goals.

Bai­ley Ma­conachie, in his first se­nior year, was back in the side af­ter in­jury to be named in the best along with James Eddy and cap­tain Rod­ney Reeves for the vis­i­tors.

Fi­nal score, Blighty 17.15 (117) to Mathoura 5.5 (35).

By the last term, Blighty was left with min­i­mal ro­ta­tions with knee in­juries to Brad Haines and Bray­den Hall.

Redeyes as­sis­tant coach Jack Tyn­dall said Haines would have scans on his knee later this week.

‘‘Hally should be right to play this week, we were just be­ing pre­cau­tion­ary,’’ Tyn­dall said.

Blighty also had suc­cess in the re­serves, down­ing a pre­vi­ously third placed Mathoura by 49 points.

The loss for the Tim­ber­cut­ters saw them move down to fourth spot while the Redeyes sit one win out of the top five.

Fi­nal score, Blighty 9.12 (66) to Mathoura 2.5 (17).

Blighty key for­ward Jake Plat­t­fuss kicked two goals in his best on ground ef­fort with Daniel Kirchen lead­ing the goal­kick­ers with four.

On­baller Bret Leech once again was up there with the best while Jamie Shields, Roy Far­ley, Ash­ley Peters and play­ing coach Jar­rod An­drews also were strong per­form­ers for the Redeyes.

Matt Boyd and his son, Jake, af­ter the match.

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