Saints let one slip

Ber­ri­gan back to third after Deni Rovers loss

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Ber­ri­gan suf­fered a 22-point de­feat at the hands of De­niliquin Rovers on Satur­day in what was a wet day for footy.

It was a day to for­get for the Saints, who had plenty of the ball but just couldn’t hit the score­board.

The loss saw the Saints slide to third spot on the Pi­cola and Dis­trict Foot­ball League lad­der, re­placed by their op­po­nent thanks to a su­pe­rior per­cent­age.

Ruck­man Phil Mur­rowood con­tin­ued his year of con­sis­tency to be named as Ber­ri­gan’s best, ably as­sisted by Mark McQual­ter and David Rid­dle.

Fi­nal score, Deni Rovers 11.4 (70) to Ber­ri­gan 6.12 (48).

With both sides with a point to prove, it was al­ways go­ing to be a hot start de­spite the win­try weather.

The Rovers were the first to re­spond kick­ing the first two goals of the game through Terry Lum­bar, who was play­ing his 200th se­nior game.

The Saints then sent through their first goal of the day be­fore the vis­i­tors put two more ma­jors on the score­board to give them a 13-point ad­van­tage after way­ward kick­ing from Ber­ri­gan.

The home side then man­aged to re­group in the sec­ond quar­ter, straight­en­ing up in front of goal and kick­ing four straight ma­jors.

With the Rovers adding 2.2 to their tally, Ber­ri­gan went into the half-time break three points down.

It was a costly quar­ter for the Saints in the third with the home side un­able to score a ma­jor, man­ag­ing just three be­hinds for the term.

The vis­i­tors added 14 more points to their to­tal in what seemed to be the scor­ing end for the day.

Ber­ri­gan would have the ad­van­tage of a slight breeze in the last quar­ter but were un­able to cap­i­talise, kick­ing an in­ac­cu­rate 1.4.

It was the Rovers who man­aged to make the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties putting through three ma­jors go­ing against the flow of play and tak­ing the win.

‘‘The Mid­dle­ton broth­ers (Har­ley and Levi) were dan­ger­ous for Ber­ri­gan and put a lot of pres­sure on our blokes in the mid­dle,’’ Deni Rovers coach Nick Bray­bon said.

‘‘It was pretty even around the ground for most of the game and it came down to ac­cu­racy in front of goal in the end.’’

Lachie Pyle and Lachie Schifferle both had fan­tas­tic games for Ber­ri­gan to be named among the best, while Levi Mid­dle­ton led the scor­ing for the Saints with two ma­jors.

For the Roos it was Tom Draf­fin, Lum­bar, James Gil­li­gan, Braden Leech and Adam Bodey named the best along with their coach.

Ber­ri­gan’s Lachie Pyle gets a kick away un­der pres­sure from Deni Rovers’ Dy­lan May on Satur­day.

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