Berrigan belted by Blues

July 05, 2017

Berrigan onballer Jake Way tries to get away from his Picola opponent on Saturday.

It was a disappointing day on the field for Berrigan, going down by 138 points to Picola in Picola on Saturday.

The home side kept the Saints goalless in the first term before Tom Irvine, returning to the side, managed to convert late in the second term.

It was a long afternoon for the supporters who made the trip to Picola as Berrigan only added two more goals to the board after half time with Matt Eales and veteran Stuart Pyle kicking one each.

In comparison, the Blues found top speed after the main break with 14 second half goals to post the massive win.

Jake Way battle hard in the centre for the four quarters as did Andrew Hawkins in the ruck. Aaron Burley and Trent Osborne maintained as much pressure as possible against the very polished Picola forward line.

Taylor Beard continued a strong season, kicking five goals to lead the way for United.

Picola had 11 goalkickers, showing the strong spread the side is capable of, Dylan Cunningham contributing four goals and Thomas Byrnes three.

Adam Jorgensen was best on ground for United, joined in the best by Scott Miles, Darcy Botterill and Ben Daniel.

Final score, Picola Utd 24.14 (158) to Berrigan 3.2 (20).

After losing to Strathmerton the week before, United coach Jon Varcoe said he was satisfied the team had improved on the disappointing loss.

‘‘We needed to rebound after our performance the week before; we were motivated to improve and we did,’’ he said.

‘‘We were pretty consistent over four quarters, we focused on our ball movement, gut running and defensive structures.

‘‘I thought we improved in all those areas and had some solid performers.’’

It won’t get any easier for the Saints this week as they host Blighty on Saturday.

The last time these sides met was in round four when the Redeyes, who kicked a woeful 8.18, posted a nine point win.

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