BERRIGAN muscled its way into the Picola District Football League grand final with a great 28-point win over Mathoura at Mathoura on Sunday.
They now have a chance to redeem themselves after a terrible showing in the first semi final against Jerilderie - this time on home turf.
It will be a replay of the 2009 decider in which the Dees emerged victorious.
The Saints set up their latest win with a great first quarter in which they kicked 6.2 to Mathoura’s 0.1.
Back-to-back league medallist Matthew Gorman, Craig Thornton and Jack Yelland all started brilliantly in the middle and did not allow the Timbercutters to get first use of the ball.
Damon Ferguson was great across half forward and marked everything that came his way.
The Saints continued the good form in the second quarter kicking another four goals to Mathoura’s two to open up a 47-point lead at half time.
The backline came under more pressure in the second half but Steve Tonta, James Ware, Jamie Bond and Jack Mynard really stood tall to stop any comeback.
The competition’s Rising Star, Jack Mynard, showed some great run out of the backline and was also able to kick two very important goals.
The margin was reduced to 40 points at three quarter time with Berrigan hanging on in the last quarter when the Timbercutters stormed home.
Toby Dalgliesh and Lochie Schifferle both had great games on the wings and always presented well.
Craig Thornton was voted best-on-ground in a fantastic performance all over the ground.
Josh Bozzola, Cameron Mynard and Chase Saunders all kicked three goals each while the Saints had a total of 11 different goal scorers in a very even performance.
●●● The thirds also play Jerilderie this Sunday at Berrigan after making it through last week.
●●● Berrigan’s under-13s netballers were unfortunately knocked out of the premiership race.
The young Saints went down to Jerilderie 17-13 on Sunday.
After leading early and looking the better side, Jerilderie had a purple patch and the Saints could not peg them back.
Well done to EJ Schifferle and her girls in a great effort this year, and the future looks good for Berrigan netball.
Berrigan captain Andrew Pyle (2) addresses his troops before battle.