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A 44-point blight on the perfect Picola United

By Riverine Herald

PICOLA United’s unbeaten streak was snapped at three after Blighty handed out a 44-point thumping.

Player changes could be the next plan of attack at United, as every side except for the seniors won by some margin on the weekend.

Behind from the outset, United could not keep pace with blistering Blighty, as the visitors held a 34-point lead by half time.

The back to back premiers were undone by the preparedness and did not make the most of opportunities in front of goal.

Varcoe said the 63-107 score line was a fair one, and one the side will use to bounce back against Jerilderie on Saturday.

‘‘It was disappointing to lose the way we did. Certainly we were trying to win, but we were just outplayed yesterday (Saturday).

‘‘There was no particular area that we were outdone, we were just overall jumped. Blighty came to play and played good footy early.

‘‘It took us probably half the game to get back into the contest, by which time it was too late,’’ Varcoe said.

His side booted nine goals, nine; while the opposition managed a much stronger 16 goals, 11 with 10 different kickers on the day.

‘‘We didn’t make the most of the opportunities to hit the scoreboard. They came with more intent early on and there were probably some skill errors which resulted in unforced turnovers.

‘‘Our decision making was an area that made it difficult to get on top. We will be working on our skills again this week,’’ Varcoe said.

The focus in training this week will be getting the ball in team mates’ hands under pressure, along with the side’s decision making.

‘‘We’ll also try to improve the execution of our game plan and make sure we get a better start to the game,’’ he said.

Varcoe said Jerilderie will not be marked out as a game that must be won.

‘‘We play every game to win, but in saying that we don’t get the calendar out to mark the wins and losses we want in preseason.

‘‘We need to organise well and bring our A-game and get back to winning footy this weekend,’’ he said.

The coach said after impressive results in the other grades, the United line up may face a shake up this weekend as players push hard for seniors minutes.