Redeyes will need to be in rare form to cause turnaround

August 31, 2017

Blighty will be looking to turn around its fortunes against Strathmerton on Saturday,

Blighty is aiming to do the unthinkable and prevent a consecutive Picola United-Strathmerton grand final.

The Redeyes take on a Bulldogs side this Saturday smarting from a 49-point hammering at the hands of Picola last week.

The Blues, who are going for back-to-back premierships, went straight through to the Picola District Football League north-west decider, while Strathmerton will be forced to do it the hard way in the preliminary final at Berrigan.

There is going to have to be a huge form reversal from the corresponding game two weeks ago, with Strathmerton belting Blighty by 71 points in a one-sided qualifying final at Mathoura.

The Redeyes will be hoping for better luck than last week, with their 25-point win against Berrigan coming with their backs against the wall.

Playmaker Tom Draffin and co-captain Judd Barnes pulled out of the game that morning, leaving the Blighty with a mammoth task.

The Redeyes even lost key defender Cody Jordan in the first five minutes of the clash to a season-ending ankle injury and still managed to get the job done.

It was also achieved without superstar Jed Brain having his usual impact, kicking just one goal as Lenard Clarke stepped up with a best-on-ground performance.

But Brain is a proven performer and should rise to the challenge against the Bulldogs.

Strathmerton struggled for high achievers in the second semi-final, with Brock Palmer, Tyron Hill, Daniel Ellis, Mikal Bloom, Marcus Cleary and Max Canfield trying their best.

Lee James could be a trump card for the Dogs after kicking two goals against Picola in his first game since July 22.

James has played only five games this season after booting 47 last year and 94 in 2015.

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