Slow start costs Saints against Strathmerton
A slow first quarter was enough to ruin the day for Berrigan, going down to Strathmerton by 51 points on Saturday in the Picola League’s northwest division.
The Dogs jumped out to a 33 point lead by the first break in front of their home crowd, before extending their lead slowly by the end of each quarter.
In what was an even contest for the final three quarters, Mark McQualter again led the charge for the Saints in another dominant display.
David Riddle stood tall all day at full back and he was well assisted by the Osborn brothers, Trent and Jarren, who have been playing better by the week for Berrigan.
Saints playing coach Lee Schmidt continues to get his hands on the ball and his teammate Jake Way battled hard all day in the midfield.
For the Dogs it was Isaac Bunge who was best with Matt Shannon also playing well.
Adrian Crestani was a focal point up forward with four goals, kicking as many majors as Berrigan’s tally.
Final score, Strathmerton 11.4 (80) to Berrigan 4.5 (29).
The loss saw Berrigan move down to fourth spot on the ladder.
With the Saints having a bye this week they are expected to slide further down to fifth spot with Tocumwal hosting Mathoura on Saturday.
Berrigan’s next game is against rival Jerilderie at Monash Park.
In the reserves, Berrigan were unfortunately no match for a slick Dogs outfit.
Goals were hard to come by early in the match but the Saints stuck at it and nailed a few by the end of the match.
Youngster Coleby HellyerMaud slotted two majors in a great game for the Saints.
The elusive Matt Cameron took home the chocolates for Berrigan’s best on ground putting on a great display of speed and skill for the visitors
Also starring for the Saints was the possession accumulator, Noel Baxter, who was in all the action again, as was his sidekick Craig Glanvill, while Daniel Hustwayte again proved pivotal in the ruck and James Morrow played a great game.
Final score, Strathmerton 12.8 (80) to Berrigan 4.2 (26).
RIGHT: Jake Dalgleish takes a strong mark for the Saints. Berrigan were 26 points down at half time, digging deep to get back in the game. Tom Whelan and Coleby HellyerMaud played great games for the Saints who were two points in front with a minute...