Picola United stamped their position on top of the Picola and District League ladder on Saturday with a convincing 102-point win over Jerilderie.
Accurate goal kicking saw Picola pile on 23 goals and six behinds against the Dees, who coach Jon Varcoe said made for a strong contest despite the scoreline.
‘‘They certainly came to play and were pretty strong on their home ground,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘Jerilderie were a well organised side and really took it up to us in the first quarter.’’
United made the most of their opportunities up forward to get away to a solid start, scoring five goals in the opening term to the Dees’ 2.5.
Varcoe said his side’s ability to deliver the ball into good scoring areas allowed the forwards to finish off.
‘‘Capitalising in our forward 50 is something we’ve been working at throughout the year,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘It helped on Saturday getting the ball into hands in a position that’s easy to convert from.
‘‘It’s a real shared thing, starting with a good run out of the backline and good use through the middle to get it to the hands of the best decision makers to then hit our forward targets.
‘‘It’s midfielders like Clinton Barnes, Adam Jorgensen, Marcus Walsh and Tim Scadden who are able to do that for us.’’
United made their mark in the second quarter scoring six goals to bury the home side with a 44-point half-time lead.
Picola continued to pepper the goals scoring 12.4 in the final two terms while keeping Jerilderie to just 2.6 in the second half.
Final score, Picola Utd 23.6 (144) to Jerilderie 5.12 (42).
For Jerilderie, Brad Parker was again a focal point up forward taking some strong marks, while Harrison Curtin moved well to also find space in the forward line.
The Dees’ backline was under pressure all day with Paddy Darcy standing tall at full back and Shaun Bryce driving the ball back into attack with his raking left foot.
James Browning was busy across half back for the home side and Chris Marshall was in and under the packs as usual.
Barnes’ ability to run the ball saw him get best on ground honours and Nathan Walsh played a dynamite game down back to also be named in Picola’s best.
Taylor Beard turned it up in the second half to capitalise on the good work of players up the field, scoring a few goals late to finish with five for the game for the Blues.
United has a big game against an improved Tocumwal coming up and Varcoe said he was expecting another close margin second time around.
‘‘Tocumwal will be desperate for a win this weekend as they’ll be fighting for ladder position,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘It should make for a tough round and we’ll have to be on our game.’’
The Demons travel to Blighty this Saturday.