Berrigan held off a gutsy Jerilderie side to just scrape home in a one point thriller in round 10 of the Picola League on Saturday.
The Demons ran out in their old red and blue guernseys to commemorate the 30 year anniversary of their 1987 grand final win in the Murray League in front of a passionate home crowd at Monash Park.
The Dees drew inspiration from the occasion with a tremendous start to the game, trailing by just seven points at the first break.
Berrigan looked to control the game but couldn’t shake-off the seventh place Jerilderie side, taking a 16 point lead heading into the final break.
In a nail-biting final term, the Demons managed four goals to the Saints’ two.
Berrigan were saved by the bell, with the siren sounding to record their fifth win of the year.
Jerilderie captain Chris Marshall celebrated his 200 game milestone in fashion with an impressive performance in the middle with Tom, Luke and Shaun Bryce all strong performers.
Brad Parker was a focal point up forward for the Dees and Marc Shaw used his pace and strong marking to lift his side.
Berrigan’s Jake Dalgliesh provided plenty of dash out of the backline to be his side’s best with Andrew Hawkins impressive in the ruck and Matt Eales playing a pivotal role.
Young onballer Jye Adamson and Mark McQualter were solid in the middle with Saints’ playing coach Lee Schmidt shrugging off a dislocated shoulder to again be among the best.
Final score, Berrigan 13.6 (84) to Jerilderie 12.11 (83).
Marshall said that while his side didn’t get the win, the day itself was one of the best of his footy career.
‘‘Apart from the premiership wins from 2012 to 2014, Saturday was one of the most special games I’ve been involved in,’’ he said.
‘‘To be able to run out on the ground and through the banner with my son Jobe (18 months old) was just unreal.’’
With the Demons struggling the past two seasons, Marshall was also impressed with how his side handled themselves on Saturday.
‘‘We’re going through a bit of a re-building phase at the moment,’’ he said.
‘‘For the boys to put in a performance like that was outstanding.
‘‘We let them get three or four goals in front but still managed to come back late rather than roll over like most weeks.
‘‘With a couple more minutes I reckon we would’ve won, but it just wasn’t to be.’’
Jerilderie will have the bye this week with Berrigan having a tough test against fellow finals aspirant Tocumwal at Berrigan Sports Ground on Saturday.