Blues banish Mathoura for yet another season
PICOLA UNITED not only beat their local rivals on Saturday, the Blues ensured Mathoura would not be a finals contender.
Picola’s thumping 109-point victory over the Timbercutters at their home ground means that the opposition would need at least four wins from the remaining six games.
And Mathoura is a side which has won just two games all year.
In contrast, Picola retains its firm grasp on a finals berth, sitting on the third rung of the Picola and District Football League ladder.
But they are still eight points adrift of second-placed Deniliquin Rovers, and 12 short of the as yet invincible Waaia Bombers.
Picola has a tough run for its final five games. Including the bye in round 17, they have sixth-placed Berrigan, followed by fifth-placed Strathmerton, then fourth-placed Blighty, and round out the normal season with ninth-placed Katamatite.
Mathoura has a similarly difficult end to its season, facing Blighty, Berrigan, Strathmerton, Jerilderie, Katamatite and Rennie.
Picola coach John Varcoe said his side underperformed in the opening two quarters, and he knew they were capable of far better football.
He said following the long break Picola began to play better, but they will have to step that up again as they prepare for the Berrigan Saints.
‘‘They’re a dangerous team and have some dangerous players,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘We will have to continue improving from this game as we get ready for Berrigan, and we have to get a good start.
‘‘We had no serious injuries, just a couple of knocks and corkies and things like that, but nothing too serious,’’ he said.
Mathoura co-coach Jack Keogh said in some regards the result was a step backwards. But he was pleased in many other aspects of the match.
‘‘We held them until the first half of the second quarter and actually decided to push back and work hard through their press, so that we could run through it,’’ he said.
Mathoura take on Blighty in the coming round, and Keogh said they’re in with a shout.
‘‘From what we’ve heard they have a few injuries. So what we really want is a four quarter effort where we’re giving it our all throughout.
‘‘If we do that then the scoreboard will look after itself,’’ he said.