Blighty twos destroy Blues

By Jamie Lowe

Blighty's reserves stormed their way through to the Picola & District League semi finals in a dominant 101 point win over Picola United on Saturday.

In what was beautiful conditions for footy at Katamatite Recreation Reserve, the Redeyes were a well-oiled machine, leading from the get-go in a stirring display.

The ball rarely left Blighty's attacking half in all four quarters, with the Blues managing just two shots at goal for the match, with both resulting in majors for Picola.

Frustration clearly got the better of Picola on what was a tough day for them, with two players being sent off when things got a bit heated.

The Redeyes kept their cool however, punishing the Blues with a strong attack on the ball and scoring heavily in the physical encounter.

Beau Close had a strong return from injury, slotting five goals in a best on ground performance, and was well supported in attack by Ash Bain (three goals) and Luke Hay (two).

Tom Druitt controlled the play off a half back flank, as did Tyler Amor-Beale, recovering quickly from a brutal head clash in the second term to dominate.

Onballer Josh Peers was outstanding in the middle of the ground while Daniel Kirchen (one goal) was a livewire up forward, with many goal assists.

Final score, Blighty 17.11 (113) to Picola Utd 2.0 (12).

Blighty coach Kyel Bain said it was one of his side's best performances of the year.

"It was a real good win. The way we all brought each other into the game, the voice and the run and carry was sensational," he said.

"Everyone played well, played their role and did what they had to.

"We didn't worry about what was going on off the ball and were disciplined. We just worried about the scoreboard and that was clearly shown with the final margin."

The Redeyes will now move on to the semi finals, where they will take on the loser of this Saturday's qualifying match between Berrigan and the Deni Rovers.

While it was a tough year for the club in the seniors, the Blighty reserves attracted plenty of support from the dedicated members and supporters.

"All in all it was a fantastic day," Bain said.

"We're starting to get a pretty big crowd and everybody wants a bit of the 'twos train'.

"We've got the week off but we'll still have a run on Tuesday (tonight).

"We'll keep around each other and keep the spirits high and keep it as normal as we can."