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Blighty upsets the Bloods

Blighty has bounced back from its shock loss to Mathoura with a solid come-from-behind win at Tocumwal on Saturday.

SHAUN CONNOR June 17, 2014 4:00am

Brody Lumber booted six goals to spearhead Blighty’s upset win against Tocumwal on Saturday.

The Redeyes were down by five goals at half-time but kicked 11 majors to four in the last two quarters to win by 20 points.

The round 10 contest was a 35-point turnaround from when the Redeyes first played Tocumwal in round one and has them sitting in fifth spot on the Picola & District Football League ladder.

The Bloods, meanwhile, are one win ahead of Blighty in fourth spot on the ladder.

Final score: Blighty 13.13 (91) def. Tocumwal 11.5 (71).

Despite being well down on the scoreboard at half-time the Redeyes were never out of the contest, according to coach Rob Wren.

‘‘The stats I take during the game showed we weren’t in as bad a shape as we thought,’’ Wren said.

‘‘Except for about 10 or 15 minutes at the end of the first quarter we were right with Tocumwal around the ground.

‘‘It’s always hard to come out and keep on doing what you’re doing when you’re down on the scoreboard, but credit to our boys to come out and do what they did.’’

The Redeyes, playing their third away game in a row, weren’t as damaging as Tocumwal on the scoreboard with just 1.3 to four goals in the first quarter.

Tocumwal added three more to Blighty’s one in the second term to hold a commanding lead at the long break.

Blighty’s three-pronged attack of Lumber, Mick Madden (three) and Jake Plattfuss (two) came alive in the second half and polished off the hard work of their side’s midfielders.

The Redeyes started to get on top with plenty of inside 50s and limited Tocumwal’s chances to just six scoring shots for the half.

‘‘I thought it was really that our three leading forwards (Lumber, Madden and Plattfuss) kicked 11 between them and all had goals in the last quarter,’’ Wren said.

‘‘Kyel Bain played a real captain’s game and Drew Plattfuss was good in the ruck.’’

Jack Eastman was able to shut down key Bloods forward Dylan Flanagan, holding the ex-Mulwala player to just two goals for the game, his lowest total for the year.

Blighty’s reserves dominated their match against Tocumwal, winning 8.14 (62) to 1.3 (9).

The Bloods were held goalless in the second half while Blighy’s most productive term was the first when it kicked three goals.

Kynan McKenzie, Josh Phillips and Callum Campbell were the Redeyes’ best players and Ash Bain slotted two majors.

Rhys Morham kicked the home team’s only goal.

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