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Blues warm to a mighty challenge

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May 29, 2018

PICOLA United’s win over Rennie in Picola and District league football was just a warm-up for competition leaders Waaia on Saturday.

PICOLA United’s win over Rennie in Picola and District league football was just a warm-up for competition leaders Waaia on Saturday.

The 17-point win over the Hoppers was pleasing to John Varcoe and his side, but their attention has swiftly turned to the arrival of the Bombers this weekend.

Varcoe said the game see-sawed for long periods before United took the upper hand, and didn’t relinquish its lead.

‘‘It was a tough game so I’m pleased to get away with the win. We had to fight for four quarters to get the job done,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘They played good footy at their home ground, and we certainly didn’t play our best. It’s a small ground and it was very contested with a lot of clearances, so we had to be committed and tackle well to keep the pressure high.’’

The key to success on Saturday was ensuring any scoring opportunities inside 50m were converted.

‘‘We were very efficient at kicking goals, and that’s helped because there was not a lot in it. When we moved the ball we moved it well and were able to score from that. The game see-sawed a bit but when we grabbed the lead and kept it well,’’ Varcoe said.

Waaia come to Picola with the chance to maintain its spot in first place, while pushing Deniliquin Rovers back off the top of the mound.

‘‘We always take it one week at a time but now we’re through the weekend we’re looking forward to facing the form team in the competition and give it a good shot.

United has been lucky with no major injuries this season. Although if an injury were to happen in the first team, the form of their reserves side is not to be understated.

‘‘We have been a bit lucky, we’ve got a couple of bruises and corkies but nothing serious. The reserves had a good win away as well after a long road trip, especially as they’re a team they haven’t played before.

‘‘The form in the reserves is outstanding at the moment,’’ Varcoe said.

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