Mathoura were once again on the wrong end of a big margin with Picola United cruising to a 134 point victory on Saturday.
The Timbercutters entered the game depleted and therefore wanting to put extra numbers around the ball and be strong defensively.
They were better at using their spare players, according to Picola coach Jon Varcoe, but his own side’s ability to take more risks and move the ball quicker couldn’t be outmatched.
A good balance of attacking and defensive play meant United were able to continually hit the scoreboard.
‘‘It probably took until the last quarter before we put our spare player to better use,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘To Mathoura’s credit they came with a game plan and executed it well.
‘‘Both teams were really focused on being strong defensively and we got on top in that area in the last quarter.’’
Mathoura were limited to just two goals throughout the game, both off the boot of Jake Stevens, with Dougal Mckindlay, Jack Keogh, Luke Schwencke, Lachlan Vagg and Daniel Barwick all having solid contributions.
The Timbercutters kicked one goal and one behind in the first quarter before another goal came in the second term. They trailed by 60 points at half-time, Picola having scored 11.7 in the first half, and mustered just one behind in the second half.
Final score, Picola Utd 22.16 (148) to Mathoura 2.2 (14).
Mathoura take on second-placed Blighty this weekend with every team looking like a challenge this season.
The Timbercutters’ chance at finals is over for the year, but the club will be hoping to still finish off strongly with an opportunity for a second win over Yarroweyah coming up in the following round.