The Redeyes' 50-point win against Picola United on Saturday was the team's best this season, according to coach Rob WrenSHAUN CONNOR May 13, 2014 3:45am
Blighty coach Rob Wren said the Redeyes’ clinical 50-point win over Picola United on Saturday was the best four-quarter effort from his side this season.
Playing on a wet track at Picola with rain drizzling at times, the Redeyes blitzed the home side to lead at every change.
With Blighty dominating the majority of the stoppages, Wren said the win could have been by more had the Redeyes converted a few more of their 20 behinds.
‘‘We were just consistent, it was the first time this year we have strung four really good quarters together,’’ Wren said.
‘‘We have been working hard at it all year, but have been a bit patchy.
‘‘There was also four blokes back in who were missing from the week before so we are starting to get close to full strength.’’
The win saw Blighty move from sixth to fourth on the ladder, just one win away from a spot in the top three.
Final score: Blighty 16.20 (116) def. Picola Utd 10.6 (66).
With key backman Keith Baron playing his first game for the season following a knee injury, and midfielder Ryan Chadderton also returning, the Redeyes had a lot more of the ball than United in the opening term but spoiled a few opportunities to register 4.9.
They still led by 21 points at quarter-time and straightened up with 3.1 in the second stanza to hold the advantage at the long break.
Brody Lumber gave Blighty a strong marking option, floating between centre half-forward and full forward and kicking four goals for the match.
His efforts, along with Phil Williams’ three goals, saw the Redeyes pile on nine goals to five in the second half to bury the Blues.
Although it was a rounded team effort from Blighty, the side’s standout player was hard-nut Sam Singleton who destroyed the Blues from the midfield and layed a dozen tackles.
Judd Barnes (two goals) tore up the wing and ruckman Drew Plattfuss gave his onballers first use of the ball all day.
For Picola, star forward Dylan Cunningham managed to boot six of his team’s 10 goals and proved difficult to match up on.
‘‘He (Cunningham) is very quick and when their onballers got the ball into him fast he got it,’’ Wren said.
‘‘We rotated a few guys through him. He did get a few easy ones, but in saying that I thought he was easily their best player.’’
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