Saints hold top three position with Toc. win
Berrigan held its position in the Picola and District Football League’s top three with a 19-point win over old rival Tocumwal on Saturday.
On what was a cold, wintry day, the Saints held their nerve to overcome a two-point half-time deficit and kick five second-half goals to take the victory in front of their home crowd.
Jack Mynard was the hero for Berrigan, kicking three goals in a telling on-ball/ forward role.
The Saints are 7-2 (win-loss) at the halfway mark of the Picola league’s north-west division season, while the Bloods are 3-5-1 (win-loss-draw) and remain a game outside the top five.
Scores, Berrigan 10.12 (72) def. Tocumwal 7.11 (53).
Berrigan lost a couple of key players before the first bounce and knew it would be a tough encounter.
Tocumwal won the toss and elected to kick with a slight breeze towards the Jerilderie end of the ground.
This proved a great decision with the Bloods piling on the first three goals of the game to break out to an early lead.
Berrigan managed to get two goals of their own to go into quarter-time only five points down.
Matthew Petersen was in great from early on, racking up possessions and keeping Tocumwal in the game, while Bloods’ first gamer Tom Whytcross didn’t look out of place on the half-back flank.
A corked leg stopped gun onballer Jack Forgerty from continuing his impressive form and was a big loss for the visitors.
The Saints started the second quarter strongly but inaccuracy in front of goal cost them a chance at a lead going into half time.
They lost key playmakers Toby Dalgliesh and Chris Patten who both went down with serious ankle injuries and took no further part in the game.
The home team were two points down at the main break and coach Ty Russell said the whole team needed to step up if they were to get over the line.
Both teams were inaccurate in front of goal in the third term with Berrigan taking the lead into the final change.
In the final quarter the Saints managed to repel a number of Tocumwal attacks on goal through the fantastic work of Grant Martin and David Riddle in particular.
In the end, Berrigan did enough to run out 19-point winners.
In the absence of Phil Murrowood, ruckman Lochie Schifferle stood up and provided first use of the ball to the Berrigan midfielders. His run and carry was a feature.
Petersen, Keith Baron, Oli Rennie, Ben Warnett and Max Brooks battled hard all day for the Bloods, while Dennis Pedemont led the scoring with two majors.
Scores, Finley 46 def. Nathalia 44. The Cats could not shake the Purples all day and had to battle it out to the final whistle.
Jas Lewis showed her versatility playing goal shooter.
Anna Hawkins teamed well in defence with Claire Doyle.
Eloise Ashley-Cooper had another good game in wing defence and Rene´e Steward played well in centre and wing attack.
Rene´e shared those mid-court roles with Courtney Sexton. Courtney’s energy and determination won her the Finley Clinical Myotherapy award.
Chelsea McDonald was awarded the Thursday night dinner for her leadership in attack.
B grade got off to a slow start, down after the first quarter.
From the second quarter they rallied and Ally Rourke and Emma Hurlston had some terrific turnovers with Susan Robertson backing up and bringing it out of defence.
The forward mid-courters fought hard to get the ball to Renata Morris and Tayla Boyd who worked equally as hard to covert.
There were several beautiful passages of play which paid off for a win.
Best-on went to Tayla Boyd and Maicie Close. A big congratulations to Emma Hurlston for her 200th club game! What a legend!
C grade came out strong and had a great start to the game.
Trailing the first quarter by five, they managed a 7-goal turn around to be up by two at the main break.
Despite awesome efforts from Abbey Breust (Clinical Myotherapy award) and Elyse Price (Thursday night dinner award), who combined beautifully in the mid-court, the Cats couldn’t manage to hold on to their lead and eventually ended up going down 42-54. 17s: Finley 41 def. Nathalia 25. Great team effort. Nathalia were even with Finley at the end of each quarter.
Wonderful last quarter saw the Cats pull away.
Keeley Coates had an inspiring quarter in wing defence.
Rhiannon Murphy-Riddell and Archer were very accurate in goals.
Chelsea Taylor was good in defence throughout.
Hong Loch award went to Katie Archer and Thursday night dinner to Lauren Clarke who played her 100th club game. Well done Lauren!
15s: On a chilly morning the Cats came out to play once again.
Although the cold weather did affect our performance slightly we still got the job done.
With a couple of girls out with injury, some new positions were tried.
Tiarna (Thursday night dinner award) played three strong quarters in defence, showing her versatility.
Abbey Mac (Julie’s Teapot award) again put on a clinic in defence showing everyone how it’s done.
Sarah Haynes (Bakery award) provided an option all the way down the court and was fantastic all day. Another good week for the girls. Go Cats! 13s: Another great game of netball from the girls.
With great pressure and a team effort the Cats were able to get the victory by five goals in the last quarter.
Lily Sharp dominated in defence with lots of intercepts and received the canteen award, while Nicola Denny was putting lots of pressure on in the defence circle and received the McLean award. 12s: The Cats put quite a show on! A great game to watch, with Finley coming away with a draw.
This was a great effort considering Nathalia’s place on the ladder.
Olivia Cicolini was consistently taking amazing intercepts and ran all day in centre (Donkin Family award) and Jemma Coombs was extremely reliable shooting in the circle and barely missing any.
Thank you to the under 11s who sat on the bench for us, it was greatly appreciated. last Katie