Picola hoping to make Strathmerton’s streak unlucky 13

August 24, 2017

Glen Paterson and his Picola United teammates are geared for the semi-final showdown against Strathmerton on Saturday.

Win and you are in.

Picola United and Strathmerton will attempt to earn the first place in the Picola District Football League north-west grand final on Saturday.

The mouthwatering second semi-final between the top two sides will take place at Deniliquin and the Bulldogs will be looking to continue their red-hot form.

Strathmerton is chasing 14 wins on the trot and will go in confident following its 71-point qualifying final win against Blighty.

Tyron Hill starred kicking six goals, while Matt Shannon, Mikal Bloom and Lewis O’Sullivan were also prominent.

The two clubs have played each other twice this season with United winning in the opening round of the season, while the Bulldogs won seven weeks ago, handing reigning premier United its only loss of the season.

United has won seven straight games and will be hoping the likes of Taylor Beard (40 goals), Adam Jorgensen (38) and Thomas Byrnes (36) can carry their regular season form into finals.

Jon Varcoe’s side is undoubtedly the best offensive team this season having scored almost 200 more points than the Bulldogs.

The winner will book a place in the grand final, while the loser will face either Blighty or Berrigan.

●It will be a case of more of the same at Tocumwal on Sunday for Berrigan coach Lee Schmidt as his side hopes to knock out Blighty in straight sets.

Schmidt had the best seat in the house on Sunday when Tom Irvine kicked 10 majors to help the fifth-placed Saints upset Tocumwal in a performance for the ages.

Schmidt was also handy up forward snagging three goals as his own, but it will not be as easy with the Redeyes having already beaten the Saints twice by nine points this season.

The Redeyes, who finished third, managed 12 wins this season, four more than Berrigan.

However, the Redeyes have lost three of their past four games, with their only victory coming against the winless Yarroweyah.

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