Bloods best Blighty

July 26, 2017

Tocumwal’s Sam Boake was dominant on Saturday, booting seven goals in the upset win.

Tocumwal handed Blighty their second loss in five weeks with the Bloods claiming an upset win by 11 points at home in the Picola League on Saturday.

It was Blighty who got off to a flying start in the round 15 clash, with 5.4 to 2.1 to lead by 21 points at the first break.

The Bloods scored the first major of the second term, before a Blighty goal followed by a free kick to make it another Redeyes goal saw the visitors push out to a 27-point lead.

Tocumwal fought back, piling on three unanswered goals to trail by only nine points at the half time break.

Sam Boake, who kicked seven goals for the Bloods, swung the momentum in his side’s favour at three quarter time by kicking a goal after the siren to bring them within seven points of Blighty.

Tocumwal followed up with four goals to one in the last term to run away with the victory.

Tocumwal big man Darren Atkinson and onballer Zeke Flanagan again gave wonderful performances, supported well by Dane Maxwell, Pat O’Brien and Dylan Flanagan.

Blighty onballer Jed Brain was his side’s best, kicking five goals, with Tom Draffin (two goals) and Jack Tyndall named among the best.

Matt O’Connor and Cody Jordan defended well all day with onballer James Kennedy closing out Blighty’s best players.

Final score, Tocumwal 14.4 (88) to Blighty 11.11 (77).

Blighty assistant coach Brayden Hall said the loss was a disappointing one.

‘‘We had our best start to a game in a while but couldn’t capitalise on it,’’ he said.

‘‘We would’ve had about 80 per cent of the general play but our disposal let us down.

‘‘Tocumwal spread the ball and linked up well around the ground and moved the ball quickly around our defence.

‘‘We had no answer for Sam Boake either. He played a lead up role and we just couldn’t find the right match-up for him.’’

While disappointed, Hall found plenty of positives to come out of the game.

‘‘Jed (Brain) and Jack (Tyndall) went back to their early season form on Saturday which was pleasing to see,’’ he said.

‘‘Matt O’Connor played his best game of the year. He teamed up well with Cody (Jordan) in defence.

‘‘The best part is the fact that we’ve already secured a spot in finals so if we can patch up the holes we have now before finals, then we can get back to our best.’’

Blighty made their way into the top five in the reserves following a 24 point win over Tocumwal.

It was a close match throughout with a three goal to one final term in favour of the Redeyes proving the difference on the day.

Final score, Blighty 11.7 (73) to Tocumwal 8.1 (49).

Kynan McKenzie kicked five goals for Blighty in a best on ground performance and Ben Littmann continued his good form to be named in the best again.

Others who played well for the Redeyes were Roy Farley, Ashley Peters, Matt Boyd and Josh Phillips.

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