Saints in top four

By Southern Riverina News

The rise of the Berrigan continued at the weekend as they overpowered Picola by 35 points in round five of the Picola & District League on Saturday.

The Saints trailed at quarter-time against a United line-up looking to get their season back on track.

After the Blues got the jump in the first, leading by five points at quarter time, a five goal to one second quarter set up the win for the Saints.

Scoring was limited in the second half but it was Berrigan that took control with three goals to one in the remaining two quarters.

The load was shared up forward by Berrigan with seven different goal kickers for 10 goals.

Ted Walliss led the scoring with three goals and Toby Dalgliesh chipped in with two.

Tim Cooper was the pick of the players with a strong performance in the backline and was well assisted by Jack Robinson and Trent Osborne.

Harley Middleton, Mark McQualter and Tom Beams rounded out the best with good in and under games.

For the Blues, who are 2-3 and seventh on the ladder, Luke Jackson remained in sensational form along with Reagan Hamilton and Corey Cogan.

Final score, Berrigan 10.16 (76) to Picola Utd 5.11 (41).

The Berrigan reserves remain one game clear on top of the ladder after a grinding win at Picola.

The blustery conditions had nearly every player on the ground in one roving pack around the ball which made getting a loose ball out almost impossible.

Some men thrive in these conditions and no man was more suited to the conditions than the in-and-under specialist that is Noel Baxter.

He was regularly seen appearing from the bottom of a pack and dashing away with three opponents hanging off his shoulders.

Adam Way again stood tall in the ruck and around the ground which ended up with both sides roving his thrifty tap work.

Adam Fox again got plenty of the ball, Kyle Hawker was again strong in the backline as was the intimidating Steve Morgan, who busted through walls all day.

Cody Heazlewood was the dominant force up forward kicking four goals.

Final score, Berrigan 5.10 (40) to Picola Utd 3.3 (21).

The young Berrigan fourths had every chance to win last Saturday and started the game with the opening goal kicked by Hamish Cameron.

At half time the Saints were four points down and struggled in their forward line for the second half.

The back line worked hard with Liam Brown and Caleb Thornton being stand outs and Harry Steel playing some tough footy.

The Saints had their chances in the last but were unfortunately caught 16 points behind the Blues at the final siren.

Better players for Berrigan were Seth Hendreson-Cooper, Archie Cameron, Jeremy Packer, Harry Steel, Farron Urrtia, Nick Arnold, Connor Taylor-Titlow.

Final score, Picola 3.6 (24) to Berrigan 1.2 (8).