Ber­ri­gan show­down

Southern Riverina news - - Sports -

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.

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