Berrigan upsets Blighty
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.