Ber­ri­gan up­sets Blighty

Southern Riverina news - - Sport -

Blighty re­mains on top of the Pi­cola and Dis­trict Foot­ball League north-west di­vi­sion lad­der de­spite its 40-point loss to Ber­ri­gan on Satur­day.

It was the Redeyes’ first stum­ble this sea­son af­ter firm­ing as flag favourites with an em­phatic win over arch ri­val Deni Rovers the pre­vi­ous week­end.

Blighty coach Ste­wart Craig said his side was sim­ply out­played by the reign­ing premier.

‘‘The score speaks for it­self re­ally,’’ Craig said.

‘‘Ber­ri­gan played re­ally good. They had a good at­ti­tude from the start and re­ally just out­played us.

‘‘But you’re go­ing to have those weeks and it isn’t the end of the world. They were just the bet­ter team on the day.’’

Final score: Ber­ri­gan 13.13 (91) de­feated Blighty 7.9 (51).

The Redeyes could only muster two goals in the first half - one in each of the first two quar­ters - while Ber­ri­gan booted 8.6 in the open­ing two terms for a half-time lead of 36 points.

Blighty closed in on the mar­gin dur­ing the third term, kick­ing four goals to Ber­ri­gan’s two, but the vis­it­ing Saints were too good in the last quar­ter.

‘‘The sim­plest way to put it was that Ber­ri­gan were first to the ball all day.’’

‘‘Their mid­field worked hard to push for­ward and back and that’s prob­a­bly where they won it.’’

Jake Plat­t­fuss and Josh Peers were Blighty’s only mul­ti­ple goal­kick­ers with two apiece.

Mid­fielder Tris­tan Wil­son was solid for the Redeyes, while Justin Barker and Ben Lu­cas were among the best for the home side.

Teenager Har­ley Mid­dle­ton snared four goals for Ber­ri­gan, while Jamie Hicks, Ian Cong­don and Jack My­nard slot­ted two ma­jors each.

The Saints’ best were Brenton Hunt, Chase Saun­ders and Kristo­pher Bed­ford.

‘‘It was good for the boys to see that if you’re not on your game against a side that has a bet­ter at­ti­tude you’ll find your­self in a lot of trou­ble,’’ Craig said.

‘‘We’ve had a re­ally big pre-sea­son so we could get off to a good start. Now ev­ery­one can en­joy the (in­ter­league) rest (this week­end).’’

It was a dif­fer­ent story in the re­serves with Blighty win­ning its sixth game in a row.

The un­de­feated Redeyes smashed Ber­ri­gan by 166 points to main­tain top spot on the lad­der.

Final scores, Blighty 27.12 (174) de­feated Ber­ri­gan 1.2 (8).

The home side kicked five, seven, eight and seven goals in each of the re­spec­tive quar­ters, while the Saints’ only goal came in the third term.

Beau Close booted seven ma­jors to be named best on ground, while Ash Bain also slot­ted seven goals. Matt Wooden, Matt Tubb and Matt Miller were Blighty’s best.

Ber­ri­gan’s Craig Thorn­ton evades a tackle from Blighty’s Ben Lu­cas.

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