United humiliates hapless Hoppers

August 07, 2017

PICOLA United Football Club made light work of Yarroweyah in the Picola and District Football League on Saturday.

It gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about in its 217-point thrashing — easily its highest score so far this season, 33.23 (221) to 0.4 (4).

Prior to the game, Picola’s most points scored this year had been 186 against Jerilderie in round four.

But the senior side smashed that on Saturday with 56 scoring shots to match an incredible defensive display which left the away side goalless.

Under-17 player Kian Wise kicked the most goals with seven and Dylan Cunningham and Adam Jorgensen were the next biggest contributors with six each.

Picola had 10 individual goal-scorers throughout the day, seven of whom finished with multiple goals, and the whole team combined to create the defensive pressure.

The majority of the score (12.3) came in the second term, which was also its most accurate quarter on top of the 6.3 they had kicked in the first.

It meant they had built an 111-point lead at half-time as the Grasshoppers scored just three behinds in the opening half.

Coach Jon Varcoe said it was a solid team effort and was an improved performance from last week.

‘‘It’s hard to gauge when playing different standards of opposition,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘But we certainly improved clear-ances from last week and took steps forward in our ability to run the ball.

‘‘We were let down on some instances by where we were setting up for goal which hindered our scoring and that’s an area we’ll be looking to improve next week.’’

United was less accurate in the second half to score seven behinds from 15 scoring shots in the third.

They finished the fourth with seven goals (and 10 behinds) while keeping the opposition scoreless.

Varcoe said they were focused on improving ball movement, clearances and getting the ball to good areas in the forward line on Saturday.

Yarroweyah was unable to field a reserves side and Varcoe said while it was disappointing not to have a team to play he felt for the club.

‘‘They did the best they could to get a team up,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘Our reserves instead had a training session in the morning and then stayed to help around the club. ‘‘The day worked out well though, we just played our fourths and thirds later.’’

The bests could’ve been awarded to any number of players, with Jorgensen taking out best on ground while Wise, Blake Jorgensen, Cunningham, Marcus Walsh and Desmond Morgan rounded out the list.

The younger players performed strongly, with Thomas Byrnes and sub Austin Morgan also doing well.

Picola also celebrated the reunion of its 1967 premiership with a lunch and medal presentation to the past players.

Varcoe said they couldn’t ease off against Deniliquin this weekend.

‘‘It’s getting towards the business end now and we have a lot of players competing for senior spots,’’ he said.

‘‘Deniliquin is a competitive team who also had a good win (on Saturday) and we know from the last time we played they’re quite strong defensively.’’

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