Saints put up fight

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Ber­ri­gan’s gallant loss to triple reign­ing premier Jer­ilderie on Satur­day was a crack­ing match of footy for both Saints and De­mons fans.

The crowd was quite large de­spite the rapidly drop­ping tem­per­a­ture, the rain and hail not de­ter­ring the spec­ta­tors from both sides.

The Saints fired from the first bounce, catch­ing the De­mons off guard, and were in con­trol of the match for the first half.

Pas­sages of play were pol­ished and their en­deav­our for the footy was in­spir­ing, tak­ing a handy 20-point lead at the main break.

Grant Martin was cru­cial in the back­line and, along with An­drew Pyle, made life dif­fi­cult for Jer­ilderie’s for­wards.

It was in the third term where the Saints brought them­selves un­done.

A lapse in good de­ci­sion mak­ing meant they were two play­ers down and if Jer­ilderie was wait­ing for the right chance to strike, that was it.

The Dees, tak­ing con­trol and mak­ing the most of the ad­van­tage, took a nice 11-point lead into the last term.

David Rid­dle, Chris Patt­ten and Dal­las Gowans were ev­ery­where and got plenty of the footy, but it wasn’t enough for the Saints as Jer­ilderie came away with a com­fort­able 27-point win, 15.11 (101) to 11.8 (74).

The Saints are now sit­ting sixth on the lad­der and face Mathoura in a must-win clash this week­end to keep their fi­nals hope alive.

Awards: Bax­ter Trans­port $100 - Grant Martin; Bax­ter Trans­port $50 - Chris Pat­ten; BFC $20 - David Rid­dle; Fed­eral Ho­tel - Jay­den Bohem; BFC - Dal­las Gowans.

The re­serves went down by 104 points against sec­ond-placed Jer­ilderie, 19.5 (119) to 2.4 (16).

As with most of the matches this year, the Saints bat­tled hard and gave their all de­spite the end re­sult.

It was great to get a cou­ple ma­jors on the board, while An­drew Bauer played his 150th game in Saints colours since start­ing in the fourths.

Awards: Bax­ter Trans­port $50 - Stephen Bloom; Win­gates $20 - Jack­son Schif­ferle; Men­thas $20 - Adam Fox; Fed­eral Ho­tel - Noel Bax­ter; BFC - Brad Loats.

Ber­ri­gan’s thirds were also up against it against sec­ond placed Jer­ilderie.

The Saints were sev­er­ley un­der­manned with a few late in­juries and were un­sure whether they would have pro­duced a side in time.

With thanks to some of the fourths play­ers and few play­ers from Jer­ilderie, they were able to play.

It was all Jer­ilderie’s way, how­ever, the Saints matched it with the Dees as best they could.

Awards: Ber­ri­gan Bake­house $20 - Brad Loats; Maw­sons $10 - Clay­ton Moore (Jer­ilderie); Ware Builders $5 - Rory Thorn­ton; Foxy’s Back­hoe $10 - James Mor­row; Fed­eral Ho­tel - Daniel Hust­awayte.

The fourths had another fan­tas­tic game, win­ning 7.4 (45) to 2.0 (12).

The youngest Saints are com­ing up with the goods at the right end of the sea­son are look­ing sharp and im­pres­sive in all as­pects of the game.

They kept the Dees score­less for the first term and never looked back from there.

Not only was Ber­ri­gan in com­plete con­trol of the match, the play­ers’ skill and fight for the footy im­proved as the match pro­gressed.

The third quar­ter, be­ing the Saints most piv­otal term, saw them pile on four goals and had a nice six-goal lead go­ing into the last quar­ter.

Bo Lear­month and Fraser Haintz booted two ma­jors each along with James Curtin, Tom Whe­lan and Josh McQual­ter with one apiece.

Awards: Haintz Con­cret­ing $5 - Fraser Haintz; Ware Builders $5 - Max Cameron; BFC - Ma­son Peters, Coaches’ award - Bo Lear­month; BFC - Xavier Fox; Fed­eral Ho­tel Parmy - Lachie Gor­don.

Jer­ilderie’s Bob­bie Arnold tack­les Stephen Broome. Photo cour­tesy Margo Gre­gory.

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