The Redeyes scored their second big scalp in a row on Saturday, defeating Berrigan by 34 points.June 24, 2014 4:00am
Blighty has again thrown its hat in the ring of potential dark horses in the Picola & District Football League, comfortably defeating Berrigan at home on Saturday.
The Redeyes, who hadn’t played a game of footy at Blighty Recreation Reserve in five weeks, shot out to an early lead against the third-placed Saints and controlled the play for most of the day to win by 34 points.
The low-scoring, contested game of footy was Blighty’s second win against a higher-placed team in as many weeks after it trounced Tocumwal last week.
In a further boost to Blighty’s premiership stocks, reigning club runner-up best and fairest Brett Clarke returned for his first game of the season and was named among the best, while fellow mid-season recruit Mick Madden booted three goals.
Final score: Blighty 9.13 (67) def. Berrigan 4.9 (33).
Contrary to other matches throughout the year, the Redeyes started strong with four goals in the first term which assistant coach Brad Todd said was one of the keys to victory.
‘‘We started really well, kicking the first few goals of the game, which was pleasing as we have had a few slow starts this year,’’ said Todd, who coached from the sidelines.
‘‘It gave us a good break on Berrigan, which we held for the rest of the game, even though we were inaccurate in front of goal.
‘‘It was pretty contested footy for most of the day which reflected in the scoreline, but we aren’t a big scoring team so to limit Berrigans’s goal kicking to one in the first half and four for the game is something we were aiming to do.’’
With Blighty’s back six doing a brilliant job limiting the Saints’ chances, the Redeyes themselves kicked six goals in the first half to be leading by 35 points at half-time.
Three more goals for the rest of the match was more than enough to seal the deal and gave the Blighty faithful something to cheer about.
Judd Barnes was a stand-out for the Redeyes, dashing up and down the wing, while Jack Eastman led the side’s defence.
Todd said the returning Clarke also had a big impact on the game.
‘‘Clarkey went well .
‘‘Hopefully we have turned the corner now as we have put together two good wins against Tocumwal and Berrigan the past two weeks, and we will look to continue that against the Rovers this weekend.’’
Blighty’s reserves smashed Berrigan, 16.12 (108) to 2.4 (16).
Ash Bain middled four goals for the Redeyes, who were best served by Josh Phillips, Ben Wilson and Michael Wiley.
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