A second half blitz from Blighty has led to a 58 point victory over rival Deni Rovers in round 10 of the Picola League season on Saturday.
After a tight first half, the Redeyes put their foot on the accelerator kicking 12 goals to five in the second half to run away with the win at Blighty Recreation Reserve.
Rovers forward Brody Lumber kept his side in the match with four majors before half time.
But a knee injury late in the second quarter ended his day prematurely, proving costly for the visitors.
Jed Brain added another big mark to the highlight reel, taking an absolute screamer late in the last term.
Blighty assistant coaches Jack Tyndall and Brayden Hall led the charge for their side, rebounding out of defence to set-up attacking plays throughout the contest.
Co-captains Kyel Bain and Judd Barnes led by example in the middle of the ground while Brett Macdonald was a strong presence up forward with two majors.
The Rovers were best served by Tanner Robertson, having a strong performance in the ruck and around the ground with Addison Milner and Dylan and Andy May all impressive in the middle.
Allan Bond provided plenty of run for the Roos with defender Brayden Jones closing out the Roos’ best.
Final score, Blighty 19.11 (125) to Deni Rovers 10.7 (67).
Rovers coach Nick Braybon said that his side were simply outclassed in the second half.
‘‘We set ourselves up well in the first half but Blighty picked up a gear in the second,’’ he said.
‘‘They looked quicker and we just couldn’t keep up with the likes of Jed Brain and Sam Singleton.
‘‘We’ve developed an unhealthy reliance on Brody (Lumber) as well so when we lost him it changed our structures and we were unable to recover.
‘‘He’s a high quality player and we just couldn’t find other avenues to goal.’’
The Redeyes on the other hand had plenty of options up forward with 11 individual goalkickers for the match.
Tyndall said the spread of scoring options will be crucial for the side going forward at the latter stage of the season.
‘‘We had Lenny (Clarke) play up the ground a fair bit which led to Lachie MacDonald being our main target up forward,’’ he said.
‘‘Lenny is hard to stop up forward but he’s harder to beat in the middle in my opinion.
‘‘A really pleasing aspect of Saturday was our accuracy in front of goal.
‘‘We’ve struggled throughout the year with goalkicking so it’s fantastic to finally see some improvement in front of goal.’’
While he and Hall were named the two best for the Redeyes, Tyndall said that his side’s onballers deserved most of the credit.
‘‘Our midfield pressure made the defenders lives a lot easier,’’ he said.
‘‘They forced the Rovers to rush their kicks and the ball fell to our favour regularly because of this.
‘‘Drew (Plattfuss) and Josh Peers also both made a huge impact in their return matches.
‘‘Drew rucked the majority of the game and had plenty of clean taps.
‘‘We eased Peersy back into it by playing him at half forward for most of the game, but he spent a bit of time in the middle.
‘‘He was hitting targets and lowered his eyes with his entrances into our forward 50, which is something we haven’t been doing the past few weeks.
‘‘They’re both going to be huge for us at the pointy end of the season.’’
It was a much tighter affair in the reserves with the Rovers victorious by 10 points over the Redeyes.
The Roos had seven individual goalkickers in a match where the lead rarely exceeded double figures.
Final score, Deni Rovers 7.10 (52) to Blighty 6.6 (42).
Onballer Jordyn McCulloch starred for the Roos to be named best on ground in their win with Boddie Arthur, George Trewhitt, Rob Harrington, Ben Connor and Mark Rourke all playing well.
Blighty onballer Bret Leech was his side’s best along with defender Matt Barker.
Daniel Kirchen was a strong forward presence with three goals and Jake Plattfuss, Roy Farley and Bob Jacobsen closed out the home side’s better players.