Saints let one slip
Berrigan back to third after Deni Rovers loss
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.