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In form but not good enough for Mathoura

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July 31, 2017

BERRIGAN moved one step closer to finals on Saturday following a 22-goal victory away over Mathoura.

Picola United was still holding fifth at the end of round 16, however the Saints were now level on points and would be fighting hard again this week against Strathmerton to break into the top five.

They had the depth in their defence at the weekend to cause a real hassle for the Timbercutters.

Four different combinations throughout the game meant the Saints had fresh legs and options when it came to stopping the opposition’s drive.

But Mathoura was up to the task early and delivered a huge step up in form this week to be just four goals down at quarter-time, 12-16.

They were without captain Jenna Smith, who usually played a crucial role in defence, but Rebecca McCluskey and Gaby Murray made up for the loss and were dynamic under the ring.

Combining with Sophie Harding-Davies in WD, they created several defensive turnovers to keep the margin close.

With some under 17s on the court Mathoura lacked experience at important points in the match.

Emily Crocker brought a steady head to the goal ring in GA.

Crocker and Bridget Penney capitalised on most their opportunities with Mathoura only eight goals down at half time, 21-29.

A change up in the third quarter — the only one for the game — saw Crocker and Penney swap roles.

The Saints ability to call on rested players meant they pushed out the margin to 13 goals in the third quarter, outscoring the Timbercutters 14 goals to nine.

Berrigan ran away with it in the last, scoring 16 goals to seven for the eventual blow-out, 59-37.

Mathoura could take a lot of confidence from the game going into a winnable match against Jerilderie this weekend.

It could be their final chance at a win before taking on top of the table Tocumwal in the final round.

—Jess Gledhill

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