Blighty lost its second match in a row on Saturday, at the hands of reigning premier Jerilderie.August 5, 2014 3:50am
The Jerilderie steam train rattled in and out of Blighty Recreation Reserve without a hitch on Saturday, taking the four points with it as it heads towards the minor premiership.
A severely undermanned Blighty matched engines with the Demons early on, but was left waving goodbye as the visitors piled on 11 goals to four in the next three quarters.
A one-on-one battle between Jerilderie spearhead Aaron Purcell and Blighty’s Jack Eastman made for good watching, with the centurion restricted to six majors.
The Redeyes’ Robbie Pyle was given the job of restricting Jerilderie class act Andrew May and did well to limit his supply to Purcell.
But with key personnel missing, including talls Jake and Drew Plattfuss, Blighty was outmatched in most areas on the ground.
Final score: Jerilderie 14.21 (105) def. Blighty 6.9 (45).
The damage could have been a lot more had Jerilderie kicked straight, but Blighty assistant coach Brad Todd said the Redeyes still took a bit out of the game.
The late withdrawals of Simon Maher and Eddie McCulloch upset the hosts’ midfield rotation and with the Plattfuss brothers overseas it forced marking forward Brody Lumber to play further up the ground and in the ruck.
‘‘Compared to last week’s effort against Strathmerton we were able to be more competitive around the stoppages and our pressure on the ball carrier improved,’’ Todd said.
‘‘(The result) shows where we need to be if we want to challenge these top sides come finals time.’’
A competitive start saw Blighty kick 2.2 to be trailing the Demons by five points at quarter-time.
Any hope of an upset was lost when Jerilderie took things up a few pegs in the second quarter, holding the Redeyes scoreless and slamming on five goals and an incredibly inaccurate 10 behinds.
That blew the margin out to 44 points, a gap that only widened over the next two quarters.
Matt Tubb gave Blighty great run off half-back and was his side’s best player, while runners Tristan Wilson and Judd Barnes were serviceable.
Eastman and Pyle were rewarded with their negative roles on Jerilderie stars and Keith Baron chipped in with two goals.
For Jerilderie, teenage star James Gregory booted five goals in a best-on-ground performance, while ruckman Tom Bryce and centreman Nick Keating were a force to be reckoned with.
Jerilderie is locked in a race with Strathmerton to secure the minor premiership, whereas Blighty already knows it will face Berrigan in an elimination final.
‘‘Hopefully this weekend we get a few players back into the side and can finish the season off on a high with a win at home against Mathoura,’’ Todd said.
‘‘They beat Picola United on the weekend and we expect they’ll be up and about.’’
Jerilderie’s reserves also had a good win, 12.8 (80) to 1.1 (7).
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