STATE­MENT MADE

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Ber­ri­gan made a state­ment first-up, knock­ing off De­niliquin Rovers by 35 points.

A huge third term from the Roos got them within eight points at the fi­nal change of ends af­ter they had been 31 be­hind at the half, but the Saints blew them away with six goals in the last.

Gun Saint Mark McQual­ter started the sea­son with a bang, kicking five goals, while Har­ley Mid­dle­ton was also qual­ity with three goals.

Trent Os­borne was their best player, with Will Robinson and Fraser Haintz also strong.

Des Mor­gan im­pressed for the Rovers as their best, while Al­lan Bond and Aaron Pur­cell kicked three goals each.

Fi­nal score, Ber­ri­gan 19.10 (124) to Deni Rovers 13.11 (89).

The new look se­niors started the sea­son in style and af­ter a close first term, an eight goal sec­ond quar­ter re­ally set the tone for the Saints.

The team look­ing more youth­ful than other years and now cona­tin­ing five sets of brothers showed plenty of dash and skill which was a plea­sure to watch.

Mark McQual­ter was on fire up forward but was well as­sisted by An­gus Cold­well out of the mid­dle with his ra­zor sharp de­liv­ery.

Trent Os­borne was mas­sive down back while the young bri­gade in Josh McQual­ter, Robinson, Ben Fox and Haintz re­ally shone with their dash and hard­ness around the ball.

The Dal­gliesh brothers — Jake and Toby — linked up well, as did the Beams boys — Tom and Jake.

The Saints will have a tough test head­ing into round two when they host 2018 mi­nor premier Waaia on Saturday.

The Ber­ri­gan re­serves also got off to a great start win­ning by 11 points.

It was good to see the boys lift when the chal­lenge was on and kick away against the breeze.

It’s great the se­niors have a bit of depth at the mo­ment as the av­er­age age dropped from 38 to 33 which is a bit of a nov­elty for the side.

Aaron Bur­ley was the pick of the war­riors with his in­spir­ing run out of the back line and his abil­ity to split the packs.

Steve Mor­gan took note of Bur­ley and kicked a great run­ning goal from the back­line. Noel Bax­ter was again in ev­ery­thing and the run of Ian Cong­don was im­pres­sive.

Zach Nu­gent showed plenty of strength and poise up forward, even spot­ted dish­ing off hand­balls with­out his guernsey on.

On a lighter note it was great to see the fit look­ing Hea­zle­wood boys — Cody and Matt — join the Saints on the park once again.

Fi­nal score, Ber­ri­gan 5.8 (38) to Deni Rovers 4.3 (27).

The fourths were up and about and fo­cused against a much big­ger Deni Rovers side.

Top-age play­ers Matthew Whe­lan and Nick Arnold had a great start to the sea­son, both play­ing a very im­pres­sive game.

Archie Cameron was a val­ued player as was Liam Brown, Xavier Fox and Lach­lan O'Dy­wer.

Fi­nal score, Deni Rovers 11.10 (76) to Ber­ri­gan 0.1 (1).

An­gus Cold­well (right) takes a strong con­tested mark over team­mate Matthew Ross (left) and Deni Rovers de­fender Bren­dan Hope on Saturday.

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