Saints put up fight
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.