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Picola thumps Katamatite

By Riverine Herald

THE goals were shared around Picola United players as the side thumped Katamatite by almost a century of points in the Picola and District Football League on Saturday.

Picola booted 22 goals, 11 behinds as it stormed to a 95-point win on Saturday at home.

Taylor Beard, Hayden Brown and Dylan Cunningham all helped themselves to three majors, while Blake Jorgensen was named best on for his contributions around the ground.

The win was a much-needed one for United, backing up its round six victory over Jerilderie, and edging closer to the top two spots.

With Waaia’s seven-point win over previously unbeaten Deniliquin Rovers, the Bombers have gone top of the ladder, and have allowed United to close the gap on Rovers to just one game.

United coach John Varcoe said he was disappointed his side conceded three goals in the final term, but was otherwise pleased with the performance.

‘‘We want to play well right to the finish line, get a better start and stamp our brand early,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘We probably started a bit slow for my liking, but it was a tight affair around the ball, a good contest and we were able to open the game up partway through the second.

‘‘We’re continually looking to share the goal scoring responsibilities around, making it hard to defend our attackers and work for each other in the forward half. So long as we get a score that wins us the game,’’ he said.

Saturday brings Rennie as United’s next opponent — the eighth-placed side with three wins and as many losses.

The 2017 south-east division premiers, Rennie has fallen from grace and will want to regain balance for a shot at finals later in the season.

But the big game looming on the horizon for United is Waaia on June 2. In a game that both sides will see as a finals preview, United must win to prove it still poses a threat against the big teams.

‘‘I’m not concerned about those two (matches). Our focus has turned to Rennie at their ground, they’re a dangerous team that has performed well recently, and almost beat Deni Rovers not long ago.

‘‘They have multiple strong players and goal kickers, so that’s our focus; solely Rennie, we can’t look too far ahead,’’ Varcoe said.

He said with only small injuries and knocks, United will ‘‘prepare well and get our attitude right’’ to face Rennie on Saturday.

That match starts at 2.05pm in Rennie.