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261 points had the team a hopping and a bopping

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June 12, 2018

Number 4 of Picola during the PDFNL seniors football match between Picola United and Waaia. Photo by Luke Hemer. (Editors note, due to the amatuer nature of the PDFNL, numbers are not assinged to names on the website like every other league)

THERE aren’t many more convincing scorelines than the one posted by Picola United on Saturday.

Lining up against a hapless Yarroweyah Hoppers outfit, the Blues duly dispatched the home side by 261 points.

United racked up an enormous 43 goals across the four quarters. The kicking was a good clean one too, the side scored nearly four times the number of goals compared to behinds.

Thirteen United players got their names etched onto the goalkickers’ list, averaging just over three majors each.

A third quarter lapse of concentration allowed the Hoppers six consolation goals — but in that time the Blues booted 12.2 of their own.

The ruthless performance has elevated John Varcoe’s team back up to the third rung of the Picola and District Football League ladder, after temporarily faltering from a 35-point to league leaders Waaia Bombers in the previous round.

The result was a huge percentage booster for the Blues, who now sit at a whopping 211 per cent, the second highest out of any team in the league.

Varcoe stressed the score line was not ‘‘overly important’’ against the Hoppers, he was more concerned about the quality of play from his side.

‘‘It was good to get a win, but we didn’t play that well the week before, and we’re trying to really improve,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘It’s more about trying to play better team football and improve on certain areas, and when we get those areas sorted, the score takes care of itself,’’ he said.

Areas of improvement highlighted by Varcoe included winning the contest both defensively and offensively, and ball speed and movement.

‘‘It can be hard to measure how much you’ve improved when you play one of those teams. Katunga is in the upper part of the ladder, and they have some star players who have played high quality footy before, so we’ll just keep trying to improve our game,’’ he said.

United handed senior debuts to two club members in Rory Knight, who moved across from Waaia at the start of the year, and to under-17 star Clay Stevens, who came on as a substitute.

The Picola-Katunga match will be played in Picola on Saturday. First bounce is at 2.05pm.

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