Big Blues battle

May 04, 2018

Blighty onballer James 'Bubba' Kennedy is likely to play his first senior game for the season tomorrow.

Two of the Picola District league’s north-west rivals and finals contenders — Picola United and Blighty — meet in what could be a revealing contest tomorrow.

United hasn’t put a foot wrong this season with three wins from as many starts, highlighted by an impressive comeback win against Strathmerton in round three.

The Blues have had Blighty’s measure in recent years, winning the past six meetings between the sides.

The Redeyes’ form has been good, aside from a loss to the Deni Rovers a fortnight ago, but they hit top gear against Mathoura last week, putting the hapless Timbercutters away by 123 points.

Blighty coach Jack Tyndall said it is always a massive task to take on the Blues on their home ground.

‘‘Picola do a full ground press pretty well so we need to make sure we’re smart with the ball,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll try to break them open by getting the ball in the hands of our quicker players to try and run through the press.

‘‘Barring the Rovers game, this is our biggest game of the year so far.

‘‘It’s always tough coming up against the reigning premier and it’s an opportunity for us to see how we measure up against them.

‘‘We have a pretty tough month ahead too, with Strathy and Berrigan to come after the clash against Picola, before we have the bye.’’

Unfortunately for the Redeyes they will be missing some big names, with brothers Lenny and Louis Clarke both unavailable.

Tyndall said injuries may also keep a couple of other key players out of the side.

‘‘Cody Jordan hurt his ankle last week and there’s also a question mark over Tanner Robertson,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll be a little light on but I’m confident in the ability of whoever we can bring into the senior side.

‘‘Matt Barker and Josh Phillips will likely come in, and if James Kennedy is available we know he’s capable.

‘‘We’ll see how everyone pulls up at training (last night) and go from there.’’

Reigning Pearce medallist Jed Brain bagged 14 goals last weekend and shutting him down will be United’s number one priority.

However Blighty has shown an array of weapons up forward this year with Lachie MacDonald and Matt Jackson hitting the scoreboard when needed.

It would take something special to knock the Blues off on their home track, where they have not lost in 13 games.

Selection: Picola by 20 points.

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