Redeyes close in on top ladder spot

June 28, 2017

Blighty co-captain Judd Barnes was his side's best against Mathoura on the weekend. Photo courtesy of Helen Barker.

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.

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