Saints hold top three po­si­tion with Toc. win

Southern Riverina news - - LOCALCLASSIES -

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

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