PICOLA UNITED squandered a chance at going to the top of the PDFL ladder in its loss to Waaia on Saturday.
The 74-109 loss came after United took an 11-point lead into the first break, but lapsed defensively from then on, conceding 99 points in the final three terms.
Seven separate goal kickers could not bring Picola back into the match. Waaia’s defensive and midfield clearances were watertight as the Bombers sunk United.
In a chance for United to snatch a win off an old rival, the Bombers had other ideas and spoiled the party in front of the Picola fans.
The scoreline could have been far more damaging had the Bombers been able to kick straighter, as they went on to record 15.19 to United’s 11.8.
Waaia’s win sees the team remain atop the Picola and District Football League, undefeated after nine rounds.
United has slipped to fourth with its 6-2 record after Blighty recorded a 157-point demolition job on Jerilderie.
Picola United coach John Varcoe said his side knew a challenge lay ahead in the Bombers, but could not match the quality they brought to the table.
‘‘Waaia were a bit too good for us on the day,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘We started well and played a good first quarter, but we probably fell away with a poor second quarter and were unable to peg it back at any stage.
‘‘They’re a quality team at this level, but we didn’t play as well as we know we can and made mistakes with the ball and our handling and turnovers cost us,’’ he said.
Waaia was dominant across the board for possession and clearances on the day.
‘‘We’ve known already they’re a strong team and move the ball well and have a good mix of players,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘We’ll lick our wounds from this one and aim to improve. There is no more important game than Yarroweyah on Saturday and we need to improve. That’ll be the aim for sure.’’
Yarroweyah fell to a 30 point defeat at the hands of Mathoura on Saturday and will hope to bounce back against United.
‘‘It was the first time in a long time we had an old rival come back to play again and we had a large crowd and a lot of people came back to watch, which was great for the club,’’ Varcoe said.