Sorry day for Saints
Strathmerton runs away with 117-point win
Saturday was a tough day for Berrigan players and supporters against Picola & District Football League leader Strathmerton.
Unfortunately for the Saints, who were playing at home, they were never in the race and ended up going down by a massive 117 points.
Final score: Strathmerton 20.23 (143) def. Berrigan 3.8 (26).
Despite the well-drilled Bulldogs putting on a clinic, the Berrigan players had a red-hot crack.
The Saints scored their three majors all within the third term thanks to Toby Dalgliesh, Phil Murrowood and Jack Kimpton.
Assistant coach Paul Massingham was once again best for Berrigan, while Ian Congdon was a vital inclusion for the match.
Tough backman Grant Martin had his work cut out for him but continued to apply plenty of pressure to the Strathy forwards.
Awards: Baxter Transport $100 - Ian Congdon; Baxter Transport $50 - Grant Martin; BFC $20 - Andrew Hawkins; Federal Parmy - Paul Massingham; BFC Meal - Andrew Pyle.
The reserves went down by 134 points against fifth- placed Strathmerton, 21.19 (135) to 0.1 (1).
With all the play in Strathmerton’s forward half it meant there was no respite for the Saints’ backmen, who were stoic and determined to make life difficult for the Bulldogs.
Awards: Baxter Transport $50 - Ian Congdon; Wingates $20 - James Ware; Menthas $20 - Noel Baxter; Federal Parmy - Paul Glanvill; BFC Meal - Cody Heazlewood.
Berrigan’s thirds were also kept out of the game at the hands of Strathmerton.
The Saints went down by 40 points and are now sitting fourth on the ladder with a tough round ahead against second-placed Jerilderie.
Saturday’s game was a great tussle with the Saints capable of plenty of great passages of play, catching Strathy unaware at times.
Jack Modderkolk booted three majors for the day.
Awards: Berrigan Bakehouse $20 - Lachie Pyle; Mawson’s $10 - Jye Adamson; Coaches $10 - Angus Coldwell; Ware Builders $5 - Jack Modderkolk; Foxy’s Backhoe $10 - Connor Thornton; Federal Hotel - Ben Fox.
The fourths played an epic game which had the spectators holding their breath in the dying stages.
The young Saints trailed at the last break by 22 points, having scored just two behinds all game.
But they were eager and knew they had plenty left in the tank for a big last quarter.
Coach Craig Thornton only asked that they score one goal in the last and he would be happy with that result.
But one wasn’t enough for the youngsters as they shocked the Bulldogs with 3.3 while keeping the visitors scoreless.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough, however, with the Saints going down by one points.
Josh Mcqualter kicked two of the majors and Tom Whelan finished with one.
Despite the loss, the team and supporters were less than disheartened and were ecstatic with the display and drive for the footy.
Awards: Haintz Concreting $5 - Josh McQuatler; Ware Builders $5 - Tyson Sharp Shorney; BFC Canteen - Riley Dempster; Coaches’s award - Hamish Cameron; BFC Drink Bottle - Darcy Pyle; Federal Hotel Parmy - John O’Neill.