Refreshed Redeyes host luckless Dees

June 01, 2018

Blighty playing-coach Jack Tyndall.

A refreshed Blighty side will return to the field to take on a struggling Jerilderie in round nine of the Picola & District League at Blighty Recreation Reserve tomorrow.

The Redeyes had the bye last week and will go into the clash as hot favourites, currently sitting fifth on the ladder while the Dees sit 11th with just one win for the season.

Despite this Blighty coach Jack Tyndall refuses to discount the Demons’ ability.

‘‘Jerilderie play a tough and physical game so we expect a bit of a challenge,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ve surprised us before when they knocked us off in 2016 and that’s still fresh in the mind of a few of us.

‘‘Teams like Jerilderie have the ability to take a big scalp during the season, so we just need to make sure we are not on the receiving end.

‘‘We also need to ensure we put away the sides that are lower on the ladder because our percentage is well off from Waaia, the Rovers and Picola.’’

The Demons will be far from full strength with playing coach Chris Marshall (broken finger) and speedster John Lawton (ankle) both ruled out of the clash.

The Redeyes have injury concerns of their own, with onballers Judd Barnes and Jed Brain both a chance to miss tomorrow.

‘‘Judd and Jed are both still a bit sore, so we won’t risk them if they’re not 100 percent,’’ Tyndall said.

‘‘We’ll see how they’re tracking at training (last night) before we make a final decision.

‘‘Tom Draffin is close to playing his first game of the year, but he’ll miss this weekend.

‘‘The bye came at the right time for us as there were a few sore bodies, so hopefully we can come out of the game unscathed.’’

It will be a tough day for an undermanned Jerilderie, with the Redeyes set for a percentage boosting win.

Selection: Blighty by 80 points.

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