Saints streak snapped

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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.

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