Slow start costs Saints against Strath­mer­ton

Southern Riverina news - - SPORT -

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...

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