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Clarke kicks seven in win

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June 15, 2018

Blighty veteran Brett Napier looks to handball. Photo courtesy Christie Gavel.

Blighty fought off a courageous Katamatite in Picola and District Football League on Saturday to continue their strong stretch of form.

The Redeyes went in as warm favourites to move to 7-2 (win-loss) for the season, but the Tigers brought the heat early and were right in the contest throughout the first half.

After leading at quarter time, the Tigers were just four down points at the main break before Blighty nailed the win with a blistering seven goal third term.

Blighty lost the final term on the scoreboard but had done enough for a 26 point win, led brilliantly by Lenny Clarke with seven goals and Jed Brain with four.

Dane Maxwell and Matt Jackson were also instrumental in the win, while Nichol Clurey, Jordan Hallam and Brad Robinson battled hard for the Tigers.

Luke Riordan kicked five goals and Jedd Wright three for the home side.

Final score, Blighty 17.17 (119) to Katamatite 14.9 (93).

Blighty playing coach Jack Tyndall said it was a physical contest.

‘‘We were a bit flat to start the game and they made it a real grind.

‘‘We had more of the play but every time they entered their forward 50 they scored.

‘‘We weren’t making the most of our opportunities up forward, barring a couple of blokes.

‘‘Lenny Clarke and Jed Brain had their kicking boots on with 11 goals between them. We had them rotating through the middle and up forward, which worked out well.’’

With the Redeyes set to face Rennie this weekend, Tyndall said the game against the Tigers was ideal preparation.

‘‘Rennie are a pretty physical side as well so coming off a game like that should help us,’’ he said.

‘‘We have a tough couple of weeks ahead so we need to make sure we’re at the top of our game.’’

Blighty’s reserves made light work of Katamatite, scoring a 102 point win.

The Redeyes played four quarters of solid footy, keeping the Tigers scoreless while piling on 14.18 (102).

Blighty were led by Daniel Kirchen with eight goals in a best on ground performance.

Redeye defenders Jarrod Andrews and Marcus Jackson were rock solid and Darcy Pogue — in his first game for the year — dominated the midfield battle.

Blighty key defender Matt Barker covered plenty of ground and even snagged a rare goal.

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