Brain bags 14 in big win

By Southern Riverina News

Blighty superboot Jed Brain showed his star quality with 14 goals in Blighty’s 123-point win against Mathoura on Saturday.

The Blighty assistant coach had a complete game, playing about 70 per cent of the match in the forward line and kicking an accurate 14.5 in the round four Picola & District League clash.

The Redeyes were far too strong for Mathoura, only conceding five goals for the day.

Other strong performers for the home side were onballer Matt Jackson, Matt O’Connor playing in the ruck, half back Tom Druitt and veteran defender Leigh Culton.

Best on ground for the Timbercutters was co-captain Jack Hughes with good support from Josh Walter, Blake Keech and Jake Toll.

Final score, Blighty 24.16 (160) to Mathoura 5.7 (37).

Brain said the win was important for his side after their loss to the Deni Rovers the previous week.

‘‘That loss was a clear wake-up call for us all so it was good to get back on the winner’s list,’’ he said.

‘‘It was definitely a good confidence booster ahead of a tough month of footy.

‘‘We play Picola, Strathy and Berrigan over the next three weeks, and even though we had a big win, we have plenty to improve on.’’

While his performance was a big difference in the game, Brain said it was a team effort that handed his side the win.

‘‘We had Ryan Chadderton come in for his first senior game this year and he played really well,’’ he said.

‘‘It was the work of the midfielders and back line that led to our opportunities up forward so they deserve a lot of credit.

‘‘It was good for me personally to also kick accurately. It’d be nice to kick that straight every week.’’

It was another big win for the Redeyes in the reserves, finishing 112 points in front of the Timbercutters at the final siren.

Final score, Blighty 18.18 (126) to Mathoura 2.2 (14).

Justin Crawford played a sensational first game for Blighty to be named best on ground, while Daniel Kirchen had the ball on a string in his six-goal effort.

Youngster Darcy Webb again showed his talent and veteran onballer Josh Phillips had his best game for the season.

Tom Mitchell impressed for Mathoura, with Luke Bonnett and Mark Eddy also in the thick of the action for the visitors.