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Picola proves the real deal

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July 18, 2017

PICOLA UNITED Football Club made a top-four side look second-rate on Saturday with a 99-point win over Tocumwal.

The Bloods were sitting fourth on the Picola and District league ladder, but were taught a lesson by the reigning premier after half-time as United found its form.

Scott Miles and Adam Jorgensen combined for eight goals in the 19.15 (129) to 4.6 (30) home-ground victory and set up several more opportunities to both be named in the bests.

Coach Jon Varcoe said Tocumwal came to play early in the game and to his own side’s credit it was able to turn it around after half-time.

‘‘Tocumwal dominated the clearances early, especially in the first half, and were getting a fair bit of possession,’’ he said.

‘‘But from there it evened out and our fitness and ability to run the ball saw the game open up for us in the second half.’’

Despite having ascendancy in clearances the Bloods went into the first break trailing by two goals.

Picola continued to wear its opposition down in the second quarter, chipping away at its lead to score four goals to three to Tocumwal’s two goals to one.

They were up by 26 points at half-time before hitting their straps to come home strongly.

‘‘We were a little fumbly early on and our skills were lacking,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘But as the game wore on we started to play better and were able to link up a lot easier from one end to the other and move the ball well to create quite a few scoring opportunities.

‘‘Our tackling pressure improved which allowed us to win more contested ball and we went from there.

‘‘It was a pretty good team effort.’’

Defensively United was solid to restrict the opposition to one goal and one point in the second half.

Varcoe said their ability to rotate players and share the load in the backline enabled them to run the game out.

The forward line worked well together to pile on another 12 goals to nine in the third and fourth quarters.

‘‘We’ve shown signs of improvement the last couple of weeks in improving our ball movement and being cleaner with the footy,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘We’ve got a tough game coming up after the bye to Blighty at Blighty and we’ll be looking to focus on that game and go from there.

‘‘But the bye has come at a good time to give the guys a weekend off footy and freshen up physically and mentally before finals.’’

Varcoe said they would still be looking to train over the week off to ensure their skills and fitness were sharp going into the game. Kian Wise was the sub in Saturday’s game and did well once he came on after half time to give the team some fresh legs.

Marcus Walsh finished the game as best on ground with Tim Scadden, Clinton Barnes and Thomas Byrnes also named in the bests.

Scadden and Taylor Beard both kicked three goals and Dylan Cunnington was the other multiple goal scorer with two.

Several young players again took the field in the reserves who had a successful game with the thirds also recording a one-point victory.

‘‘It’s encouraging for the club to see these young players chipping in and helping the senior squads,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘We got through the game unscathed (on Saturday) and hopefully will have a few players returning after the bye.

‘‘Hopefully we can have a strong squad ready to go come finals in both senior teams.’’

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