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Near enough won’t be good enough: Varcoe

By Fraser Walker-Pearce

PICOLA UNITED has risen to second on the Picola and District Football League after an almighty thumping of lowly Jerilderie on Saturday.

The 167-point margin of victory saw Picola kick 25 goals, shared amongst 13 kickers, and the Blues rise above Deniliquin on the Picola and District Football League.

But second place won’t satisfy Blues coach John Varcoe — he is set on creating a warpath to the top, with the Waaia Bombers the only side standing in the way of another flag.

Varcoe said the Jerilderie result was almost a given, and would be looking to back that up with another win against Katamatite in the final week of the home and away season.

In fact United aren’t even so much as thinking about finals just yet — they want to have second place in the bag first and foremost.

Varcoe said he wasn’t worried who the Blues came up against in the first week of finals, and would not be drawn on which side they would prefer to face.

‘‘We played a solid game. There’s a difference in where the sides are at and we have to take that into consideration,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘But in terms of the ladder, second or third doesn’t really matter because come finals everyone is equal.

‘‘We just have to focus on what we’re doing. When the home-and-away season finishes it’s a different ball game in finals,’’ he said.

The final home-and-away game for United is the ninth-placed Katamatite Tigers.

Still a mathematical chance of making the eight, the Tigers will be out for Blues blood, and to make a statement in what could be their final match of 2018.

‘‘Katamatite are a team playing for their position in finals, they’ll be hungry and we need to focus on that game,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘We’ll be trying to really get the job done playing our best football on the day, we have plenty of things to work on in the meantime though.’’

Katamatite will be buoyed after an important 39-point win over a young Mathoura side on Saturday, securing their seventh win in 17 PDFL outings this year.

Varcoe said the Jerilderie win put the side in good stead, and they will look to continue their momentum heading into finals.

‘‘It was pleasing and we always try to get a spread of goal kickers, it was good to see them all contributing, but they’re also working hard for the team too,’’ he said.