Blighty and Mathoura’s fourths were given the spotlight in round six of the Picola & District League, playing in the late game in front of a big crowd after the seniors at Blighty Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
It was the young Redeyes that rose to the occasion producing a solid four quarter performance to win by 95 points.
Despite the big margin, the match was notable due to the great sportsmanship from both sides, making this occasion another memorable one.
Better players for Blighty were Dean Macdonald (seven goals), Seth Morris (three), Will Bull (one), Charlie Bull, Brianna Doohan and Henry Michael.
Mathoura’s best included Heath Turner (two goals), Seth Langman, Kyle Magro (one), Lachlan Dinan and Tom Jachim.
Final score, Blighty 17.13 (115) to Mathoura 3.2 (20).
A slow start from the Deni Rovers thirds proved costly in their match against Tocumwal, with the Roos suffering a 36 point loss at Memorial Park on Saturday.
The Bloods jumped out to a 28 point lead at quarter time, keeping the Rovers scoreless in the first term.
It was an even contest between the two sides for the remainder of the game, but the Roos were unable to make any inroads to the margin.
Deni’s better players were Tomas Banks, Kaiden Joss, Braith Wade, Jay McCully, Anthony Zielke and Haydn Mowat.
Final score, Tocumwal 11.10 (76) to Deni Rovers 6.4 (40).
After being challenged early the Rovers fourths stood up in the last three quarters to record a 34 point win over Tocumwal.
The Roos trailed by two points at quarter time, before restricting the Bloods to just one behind for the remainder of the game.
Rovers coach Peter Wills was impressed with his side’s efforts.
‘‘Tocumwal were a much bigger side but we ran the ball well,’’ he said.
‘‘Good field kicking and quick ball movement was the difference in the end.’’
Ruckman Alvin Cooper was a standout for Deni, with Nick Stubbings and Khobien Thomson impressive in key defensive roles.
Jackson Muldoon-Leetham and Connor Didcock played well in the middle, while Bryce Lea showcased his pace on the wing.
Final score, Deni Rovers 8.1 (49) to Tocumwal 2.3 (15).