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June 14, 2018

Rennie will rely on the likes of Luke Ednie to get it over the line against Blighty on Saturday.

Blighty Recreation Reserve will play host to a crucial Picola District Football League clash on Saturday.

Blighty and Rennie have plenty on the line as they chase respective short- and long-term goals.

For the Redeyes, which sit fourth on the ladder with seven wins, a round 11 victory would mean immediate security in the top four, as well as the opportunity for a renewed push towards a top two spot.

Meanwhile, the Grasshoppers have been able to build a two-game buffer between themselves and the chasing pack, but if they fall to Blighty this week, Katamatite (ninth) and Mathoura (10th) will once again be snapping at their heels.

The Redeyes have been in great form, and tuned up nicely with a solid win against Katamatite last week, despite a slow start to the match.

‘‘We were a bit flat to start the game and they made it a real grind,’’ Blighty playing coach Jack Tyndall told the Southern Riverina News.

‘‘We had more of the play, but every time they entered their forward 50, they scored.

‘‘We weren’t making the most of our opportunities up forward, barring a couple of blokes.

‘‘Lenny Clarke and Jed Brain had their kicking boots on with 11 goals between them. We had them rotating through the middle and up forward, which worked out well.

‘‘Rennie are a pretty physical side as well, so coming off a game like that should help us.

‘‘We have a tough couple of weeks ahead, so we need to make sure we’re at the top of our game.’’

The Grasshoppers got back on the winners list last week against Berrigan, with Chase Strawhorn (six goals) again the star up forward.

The big man will be crucial to his side’s chances if it is to upset Blighty on Saturday, along with Alex Brooks, Luke Ednie, Dean Bigger, Kris Willett and coach Craig Ednie.

Jed Brain, Dane Maxwell and Tanner Robertson remain some of the most influential Redeyes on the field each week.

Jerilderie v Katamatite

A refreshed Jerilderie outfit will look to scupper Katamatite’s remaining finals hopes on Saturday.

The Demons have secured just one win this Picola District Football League campaign, but after putting their collective feet up last week are primed for success.

Brad Parker, Mitch A’Vard and Ned Beasley will hope to continue their recent good form.

The Tigers have no option but to spoil Jerilderie’s party if they want to keep in touch with the top eight.

Nichol Clurey, Jordan Hallam and Brad Robinson worked hard for the Tigers in a gallant defeat last week, but another loss on Saturday would put them out of the race for post-season action.

Luke Riordan will try to improve on his five-goal haul from last match against the Demons.

Strathmerton v Yarroweyah

Strathmerton must capitalise on its fixture against Yarroweyah this weekend.

The Bulldogs have struggled to put big scores on the board this season with only 714 points to their name — more than 500 less than ladder leader Waaia (1227) and ranking them seventh overall.

That trend has to change on Saturday against the Hoppers, with the chance for a huge total highlighted by Picola United’s score of 269 last week.

Matt Shannon and Adrian Crestani continue to stand up for the Bulldogs, but more attacking prowess is needed from its deep midfield brigade that includes Zack Betson, Tyron Hill and Lewis O’Sullivan.

As for the Hoppers, Phil Creighton, Mitch Macheda, Shaun Greenway, Jeff Younger and Michael Skolyarev need to again hold their own if the squad is to avoid another thumping.

Berrigan v Waaia

Berrigan faces the toughest task in the Picola District Football League this weekend.

The Saints host undefeated Waaia at the Berrigan Sportsground and must try to give the visitors their first blemish of the year to secure their spot in finals.

Harley Middleton snared four goals for the Saints in a loss to Rennie last week and will have to get off the leash again against the Bombers to give his side a fighting chance.

Waaia continued on its merry way last week with a 41-point win against Strathmerton.

Matt Brown and Dylan Cornick each kicked three majors against the Bulldogs, while Jordan Cleeland and Aden McCredie are in ripping form.

The Bombers can go a game clear on top of the table with a win as second-placed Deniliquin has its bye round this weekend.

Picola v Katunga

Although capable of dominating most teams in the Picola District Football League on any given weekend, Picola United remains just one game in front of sixth-placed Katunga.

The Blues host the Swans on Saturday, meaning that the round 11 clash is a genuine eight-point fixture.

Dylan Cunningham, Taylor Beard, Corey Cogan and Kian Wise snared 21 goals between them last week against Yarroweyah and — minus the latter, who will likely head back to Rumbalara after taking the opportunity to return to the Blues during a bye — will look to do the same again.

Oliver Small and Jacob Hodgkin snared three goals apiece for the Swans in a big win against Mathoura last week, but the duo will need to increase that output to give their side the best shot at knocking off the Blues.

Mathoura v Tocumwal

Mathoura can keep its Picola District Football League finals hopes alive with a win on Saturday.

Berrigan (seventh) and Rennie (eighth), who are two games in front of the Timbercutters, face stiff opposition this weekend in the form of Waaia and Blighty, respectively.

It means that victory against Tocumwal at Mathoura Recreation Reserve could propel the home side back to within a match of the Saints and Grasshoppers.

Ryan Cumberland will look to replicate his three-goal haul for Mathoura from last week, while Mitch Bell and Tim Garlick need to lead from the front for the struggling Bloods.

Tocumwal has just one win from its nine games, but has a percentage advantage over Mathoura.

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