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Brain’s eight sinks Swans

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April 13, 2018

Blighty took the points in the first north-west versus south-east Picola league clash on Saturday.

Blighty took the points in the first north-west versus south-east Picola league clash on Saturday.

Playing away against Katunga, the Redeyes looked in dominant form, particularly during a third-quarter blitz when they smashed home eight goals to one to build a 48-point three-quarter-time buffer.

The Swans kicked nine goals in the final stanza, but the visitors were equal to the task, pulling off a 19-point win that many would see as an upset.

Pearce medallist Jed Brain was back to his best, slotting eight goals to help boost his side to an important win.

Blighty coach Jack Tyndall said he was thrilled with the result.

‘‘I thought the first three quarters were really good, especially that third quarter,’’ he said.

‘‘We took our foot off the gas a bit in the last, which was a bit disappointing, but all in all it was a really good start.

‘‘Our midfield was doing well and the forwards did a top job ... Jed’s a pretty special player. It’s not out of the ordinary to see him do that, he’s an absolute freak, and it’s not a surprise to see him finish with eight goals.’’

New Swan Alistair Gillespie had a big showing with four goals to be named his side’s best.

Tyndall said Katunga showed plenty of fight and he expects as many challenges from the other south-east teams.

‘‘Katunga will be a pretty handy side; in the last quarter they kicked nine goals and when they got going, they looked really good,’’ he said.

‘‘In that last quarter I reckon a few of our boys were getting a bit nervous that they might get us.

‘‘But the standard and skills were really good. Hopefully the new clubs coming in can even up the competition a bit.’’

Tom Billings starred in the ruck for the Redeyes, with Matt Jackson and Sam Singleton other standouts.

A remarkable 17.4 return was also crucial, with a less efficient display meaning the Swans would have been firmly in the picture after their late surge.

‘‘(The goal-kicking) was a bit out of the ordinary. Last year it felt like every game we finished with more points than goals,’’ Tyndall said.

‘‘Jed last year had a few 4.6 (games) and that sort of thing, and on Saturday he kicked 8.1.

‘‘Probably part of it was the great delivery we had from the midfielders; there’s some real class in there especially with guys like Matt Jackson.’’

Blighty hosts Tocumwal this week while the Swans have a great chance to get their first win against Jerilderie.

It was a tremendous win by the Redeyes in the reserves, coming from behind to post a two point victory.

After trailing by a slight margin most of the day Blighty came home hard in the last quarter, kicking two goals to one to get up by two points.

Final score, Blighty 9.6 (60) to Katunga 9.4 (58).

Darcy Webb starred in his first game out of the thirds to be among the best, while veterans Jarrod Andrews and Brett Napier turned back the clock in a vintage display for Blighty.

Matt Barker made the switch from defence to give Blighty a target in the forward line and Daniel Kirchen came out of retirement to kick three goals, including one from the boundary to win the game.

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