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Redeyes for glory

By Jamie Lowe

Blighty’s reserves will have the chance to break a 19 year premiership drought when they hit the road to Berrigan to face Waaia in the Picola & District League grand final tomorrow.

If they win tomorrow it will be the first time a Blighty football side has won a premiership since 2000, where the Redeyes secured both the senior and reserves premiership cups.

Blighty coach Kyel Bain said his club was well overdue for a premiership.

‘‘There are a few blokes who have been here at the club through the hard times,’’ he said.

‘‘Blokes like Leighroy (Culton), Smarties (Jarrod Andrews), Nappies (Brett Napier), Tristan (Wilson) and even Barks (Matt Barker) have been at the club for a long time.

‘‘The die-hard supporters that have missed out for so long are also on the mind a bit.

‘‘It’s a tough time for the Blighty community with the current climate of water usage, so to see the smiles on everyone’s faces after Sunday’s win was a real joy.

‘‘Seeing them all still turn up to watch us lifts the side and hopefully we can give them more to smile about.’’

The Redeyes survived an absolute thriller in their preliminary final on Sunday, defeating Rennie by nine points in extra time.

It was a win that came with plenty of drama, with Blighty scoring a point on the final siren to level the scores, with a scoreboard error reading that they had won by one point.

However Bain’s charges dug deep to keep the Hoppers scoreless in extra time while adding 1.3.

‘‘We go into this week quietly confident,’’ Bain said.

‘‘We’ve had two genuinely tough finals games and survived both of them.

‘‘The win against Berrigan showed we can win despite having all the momentum against us and the win over Rennie just gave us that extra bit of confidence.’’

The Redeyes have met Waaia twice this year, with the Bombers scoring wins on both occasions in tight matches.

‘‘The last time we played them we led all day before they over-ran us,’’ Bain said.

‘‘I also watched them last week and their delivery into the forward 50 was undefendable.

‘‘We’ll need our onballers to win the midfield battle and put the pressure on if we want to stop them.

‘‘We’ve got a solid midfield line-up with Josh Peers, Tristan Wilson and Brent Mitchell running through the middle.

‘‘With Leighroy in the ruck freeing up Luke Charlton to run out on the wing, we should be able to put it right up to them.

‘‘All we can do now is go over to Berrigan, embrace the moment and back ourselves in to get the job done.’’