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Blighty 4ths claim first win for Jack’s 100th

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May 15, 2018

Jack Charlton running through the banner before his 100th fourths game.

Blighty's Dean Macdonald tucks the ball under his arm to get away from a Strathmerton opponent in the fourths.

Blighty’s Jack Charlton celebrated his 100th fourths game in style, inspiring his teammates to his side’s first win of the season on Saturday.

The Redeyes were strong in the difficult windy conditions at Blighty Recreation Reserve, posting a 55 point win over Strathmerton in the Picola & District Football League round six clash.

Blighty used their handball and link-up football to perfection, with a four goal final quarter setting up the victory.

Better players for Blighty were the 100 gamer Jack Charlton, Charlie Waters, Dean Macdonald, Wispa Brain, Seth Morris and Harry Sides.

Final score, Blighty 10.14 (74) to Strathmerton 2.7 (19).

It was a tough day at the office for the Blighty thirds, going down to the Dogs by 91 points.

After a tight first quarter the Redeyes had no answers to combat Strathy’s run.

Despite the loss, Billy Michael continued his good form while Mason Jennings-Case was a standout.

Dean Macdonald came up from the fourths and showed plenty of fight while Ronan Waters battled hard all day.

Ryan Ventrella also played well, being Blighty’s lone goal kicker.

Final score, Strathmerton 15.9 (99) to Blighty 1.1 (7).

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The Deni Rams fourths maintained their unbeaten start to the Murray League season, picking up a 22 point win over Nathalia in Nathalia on Saturday.

In tough windy conditions the young Rams’ centre combination of Charlie Hillier, Zac Free, Tom McCallum and Lugaidh Jennings-Gallagher all put in great games, stepping up with key players Tom Bradley, Miller Fitzpatrick and Darcy McManus all missing from the side.

With the ball rebounding from one end to the other, scoring opportunities were limited.

Luke Todd offered a target and managed two goals with Lugaidh Jennings-Gallagher and Kaileb Wilson chipping in with one major apiece.

Deni’s back six had plenty of work and repelled all attacks led by Jackson Jefferies, Zac Mills and Luke Learmonth, the latter returning from injury for his first game of the year.

Rams coach Tim Hillier was impressed with the pressure and tackles that the team applied saying he “couldn’t be prouder, it was a gutsy win.”

In a great effort by everyone best players were Charlie Hillier, Zac Free, Tom McCallum, Tyson Willis, Logan Leiper and Luke Learmonth

The Rams have the next two weeks off before facing Mulwala in round nine.

Final score, Deni Rams 4.4 (28) to Nathalia 0.6 (6).

The Rams thirds were dominant against a winless Nathalia side, finishing 95 points in front at the final siren.

Darcy Morris was a clear best on ground, with an impressive return of six goals, with Djaidha Miller also providing a strong target up forward with four.

Will Shaw and Harry Hillier continued their good form, while Kyle Elphick, Alec Buckley and Dylan Mills closed out the Rams’ better players.

Final score, Deni Rams 16.12 (108) to Nathalia 2.1 (13).

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Deni Rovers fourths made their biggest statement of the season, taking down fellow finals contender Rennie by 81 points on Saturday.

Both sides were undefeated heading into the clash, but it was the Roos who ran riot in Rennie to stake their claim as flag favourites.

The wind made for tough conditions in the clash with the Rovers defenders, led by Haydn Mowat and Maisy Edwards, keeping the Hoppers scoreless.

Onballer Raymond Murphy kicked four majors to bring his season tally to 49 goals from six games, with Bailey Caruso chipped in with three.

Onballer Izayah Gazzara, wingman Jai Ezard (two goals) and forward flanker Cameron Wills ran hard all day while ruckman Tom Blake was dominant to close out the best.

Final score, Deni Rovers 11.15 (81) to Rennie no score.

Rennie proved too strong for the Roos thirds scoring a strong 71 point win.

Despite the loss, the Rovers still sit in the top four.

Ben East was best on ground for the visitors, playing various roles around the ground.

Others who were better performers were Rushton Milward, Hayden Gardiner, Bailey Townsend, Jaidyn Druitt and Ben Leetham.

Final score, Rennie 12.14 (86) to Deni Rovers 2.3 (15).

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