Still a perfect start for Picola

May 09, 2017

Coach Jon Varcoe said the team knew it had to come out ready to play for the away game and had the right attitude to get the job done.

PICOLA United Football Club remains undefeated this season following another resounding win on Saturday over Tocumwal in the Picola and District Football League.

United kept on top of the Bloods in every term to get the eventual 23-point win at Tocumwal Oval during one of the Bloods’ reunion days.

Coach Jon Varcoe said the team knew it had to come out ready to play for the away game and had the right attitude to get the job done.

‘‘Both teams went hard at it all day,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘Tocumwal are an improving team and we went in to the game expecting a challenge.

‘‘To the boys credit they stuck at the contest longer and really fought the game out right to the end.’’

A fifth consecutive win has given Picola plenty of confidence leading into the interleague bye and the coach was impressed with the form they were producing so far.

‘‘Every player has a willingness to share the load,’’ he said.

‘‘We had a slight advantage at clearances, but it was our ability to convert up forward that was the main factor in the win.

‘‘At one point we kicked 10 goals straight and that had a significant bearing on the end result.’’

United’s efficiency inside 50 allowed them a 17-point lead at quarter time kicking 5.0 (30) to Tocumwal’s 2.1 (13).

Picola kicked another five straight goals in the second although the Bloods left them no room for error, scoring 5.3 in the second quarter to be just 14 points behind at half-time.

Scott Miles was outstanding for Picola with an impressive work rate, presenting well in the forward line to provide a strong target and finishing the day with two goals.

‘‘His fitness and form has really improved this season,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘Nathan Walsh also took some steps forward this week and our younger players in Kian Wise, Austin Morgan and Adam Jorgensen are continuing to play well each game.

‘‘Our key leaders all contributed throughout the day which was also great to see.’’

Jorgensen kicked four goals for the match while Thomas Byrnes kicked three, and Mark Ryan, Wise and Taylor Beard each finished on two.

‘‘Our versatility among the team is crucial,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘It’s going to play a large part in our success going forward.’’

United continued to push out its lead in the second half kicking another 5.5 while the Bloods struggled to convert on their opportunities to score 3.8.

Dean Holyman came off injured in the second quarter after twisting his ankle but should recover in time for the clash with Blighty after the double-bye.

Both teams sit undefeated this year and the clash will be a massive game for both sides.

‘‘We need to prepare really well over the next few weeks and turn up with the right attitude, form and fitness to give ourselves the best chance,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘The double-bye will give us the opportunity to train up pretty hard and review where we’re at as a team and club.’’

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