PICOLA UNITED Football Club stamped its position on top of the Picola and District League ladder on Saturday with a convincing 102-point win over Jerilderie.
Accurate goal kicking saw Picola pile on 23 goals and six behinds against the Dees who coach Jon Varcoe said made for a strong contest despite the scoreline.
‘‘They certainly came to play and were pretty strong on their home ground,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘Jerilderie were a well organised side and really took it up to us in the first quarter.’’
United made the most of its opportunities up forward to get away to a solid start, scoring five goals in the opening term to the Dees’ 2.5.
Varcoe said their ability to deliver the ball into good scoring areas allowed the forwards to finish off.
‘‘Capitalising in our forward 50 is something we’ve been working at throughout the year,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘It helped on Saturday getting the ball into hands in a position that’s easy to convert from.
‘‘It’s a real shared thing, starting with a good run out of the backline and good use through the middle to get it to the hands of the best decision makers to then hit our forward targets.
‘‘Its midfielders like Clinton Barnes, Adam Jorgensen, Marcus Walsh and Tim Scadden who are able to do that for us.’’
United made its mark in the second quarter scoring six goals to bury the home side with a 44-point half-time lead.
Taylor Beard turned it up in the second half to capitalise on the good work of players up the field, scoring a few goals late to finish with five for the game.
‘‘He’s a good user of the ball and finishes well,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘We had an even spread of goal scorers with Scott Miles (four), Ian Fry (three) and Dylan Cunningham (three) all having an impact.
‘‘It’s not just about one person stepping up to kick a bag of goals which is pleasing for us.’’
Small forwards Clinton Barnes and Adam Jorgensen also popped up to kick two with another four players contributing to the scoreboard.
They continued to pepper the goals scoring 12.4 in the final two terms while Ashley and Brett Weldon, Ben Daniel and Blake Jorgensen played a crucial role in the back-half to keep Jerilderie to just 2.6 in the second half.
Picola finished off the game well to lead 23.6 (144) to 5.12 (42) at the final siren.
Barnes’ ability to run the ball saw him get best on ground honours and Nathan Walsh played a dynamite game down back to also be named in the bests.
‘‘It’s getting to the exciting end of the year,’’ Varcoe said with trainings being ramped up and spots for selection being highly contested.
United has a big game against an improved Tocumwal coming up and Varcoe said he was expecting another close margin second time around.
‘‘Tocumwal will be desperate for a win this weekend as they’ll be fighting for ladder position,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘It should make for a tough round and we’ll have to be on our game.’’
Picola’s reserves had an equally impressive win, downing Jerilderie by 69 points despite having their backs to the wall through several injuries and unavailability.
The reserves were also on top in terms of ladder position with the under 17s sitting in second and Varcoe said it tested the depth of the club as the reserves dug deep to come away with a win.
‘‘We had a number of third players step up to play in the reserves,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘Kyle Saunders, Kyal Atkinson, Austin Morgan, Clay Stevens and Jaye Caldwell played two games and had a huge impact to the reserves game.
‘‘They were really crucial to the results which shows the depth we have at Picola,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘We picked up a lot of new players in the first half of the year too which is mostly from current players bringing across their family and friends.’’
Clint Atkinson, who was best on ground in the reserves on Saturday, came this season with some of his nephews and Jordan Glanville also returned to the club with family still playing.
‘‘There’s several sets of brothers and other family connections at the club which in my opinion helps to build chemistry on the field and makes them fight even harder for the win,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘It makes for a real family club and keeps people coming back.’’