PU pounded Berrigan to keep season perfect

May 01, 2018

PICOLA United picked off Berrigan on Saturday to remain undefeated in the PDFL this season.

With no fewer than eight goal kickers on the day, United put Berrigan to the sword as they piled on 66 points over two quarters.

At the final siren, United had the game wrapped up with a margin of 56 points.

United head coach John Varcoe said it was promising to see his side put away their chances when they cropped up.

‘‘I am happy with the result, it’s good to get these wins early in the season — they go some way to setting yourself up for the year.

‘‘We don’t want to rely on any one player to kick our goals. We’re relying on the team to all be able to kick,’’ he said.

Varcoe said his side got off to the better start, which was a talking point throughout the week.

‘‘We really did well in sharing the defending and our ball winning was good.

‘‘We got off to a good start which was a focus for us.

‘‘The second quarter was tighter and in the third they really came out and played good football. We had a couple of defensive lapses and they were winning he ball and contested ball and clearances, so they had the ascendency,’’ he said.

United reigned Berrigan back in, in the final stanza, booting a further five goals and conceding just two points in that time.

‘‘That was pleasing across the board that we composed ourselves and re-organised. We shared the load across the 22 players and showed good leadership and composure,’’ he said.

This week brings Blighty to Picola Recreation Reserve as United looks to extend its unbeaten run. Varcoe said Blighty are by no means a pushover.

‘‘They have been one of the strong teams over the years and they look to have recruited well again. We’re looking forward to that match, they’re always close games when we play,’’ he said.

United will go into the match with a clean bill of health, as the side escaped injury against Berrigan.

And Varcoe was again impressed with the performance of many promising players in the reserves match, meaning he will again have a selection headache for Saturday’s match.

‘‘The reserves had another strong win as well. There are several players there who are starting to show consistent form and are pushing for places in the firsts, which is great,’’ he said.

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