Saints streak snapped
Berrigan’s three game winning streak has been snapped with a tough 72 point loss against Picola United in round 15 of the Picola & District League.
A tight first quarter for the both sides saw Picola holding a 13 point lead, however an undermanned Berrigan would remain goalless until the last quarter.
The Blues started to pull away in the second making it hard for the Saints to find a thoroughfare to goal until the last quarter.
Tom Irvine was back to his mercurial best as he rucked well and took a host of big marks around the ground.
Playing-coach Lee Schmidt was impressive again while also taking a contender for mark of the year.
Mark McQualter gave plenty of dash around the ground as did his counterpart in Angus Coldwell.
Aaron Burley and Grant Martin again gave their all down back in what was a busy day for the defence.
Final score, Picola Utd 16.12 (108) to Berrigan 5.6 (36).
The Saints sit sixth on the ladder on percentage over Rennie with both teams sharing 28 points.
Berrigan will have a chance to get back on the winner’s list as they host Mathoura this week.
The undermanned reserves went down gallantly to a flash Blues outfit in a truly uplifting performance.
By the main break the run and spread from Picola was starting to take a toll on the Saints with the backline severely under the pump with the evergreen Stu Pyle refusing to give in.
By the third quarter Berrigan lifted and started to claw their way back into the game.
Adam Fox once again dominated and Mark Adamson was damaging coming out of the centre.
Jamie Bond was tough down back and Craig Glanvill produced play of the day with a torpedo goal from the boundary line.
Final score, Picola Utd 8.12 (60) to Berrigan 3.6 (24).
The thirds found it tough to penetrate the scoreboard until the last term, with Riley Dempster and Fraser Haintz both scoring one goal each.
Mason Peters also starred while the Curtin boys (Miles and James) also chimed in with a bit of magic of their own.
Aiden Fennell was also right in the thick of the action all day.
Final score, Picola Utd 13.5 Berrigan 2.0 (12).
The fourths were unable to topple their opposition, however were able to kick an accurate 3.1.
Matt Whelan was named best after a whimsical display with Hamish Cameron right behind him.
Darcy Pyle was busy while Zac Ferguson was a strong presence around the ground.
Caleb Thornton and Harvey Sneddon fought the game out to close out Berrigan’s best.
Final score, Picola Utd 9.5 (59) to Berrigan 3.1 (19). (83) to
Jack Dalgliesh tries to move the ball forward. Photo courtesy Arlena Pyle.