Saints smash Mathoura

August 03, 2017

Berrigan’s David Riddle takes an overhead mark on Saturday.

Berrigan gave their percentage a crucial boost on Saturday, destroying Mathoura by 169 points in the Picola and District Football League.

This round 16 away win has kept the fifth-placed Saints two wins ahead of sixth placed Deni Rovers with just two rounds left in the home and away season.

In a monstrous effort Tom Irvine booted 10 goals to steer his side to a big win in a best on ground performance.

Berrigan kept Mathoura scoreless in the opening term while using the wind to their own advantage to kick nine goals.

The Saints moved the ball well out of half-back and played strong attacking footy, which they continued in the second stanza to outscore the home side.

Already trailing by 94 points the Timbercutters could only try and peg back the margin as best they could.

The Saints strung together seven goals in the third term and another five in the last for the convincing victory.

Tom Beams again tantalised the crowd with his silky skills while also doing plenty of in-and-under work and Cameron Hall had a massive day in the ruck.

Onballer Lachie Pyle had a great day out booting five goals and Jake Way again battled hard through the middle of the ground, while Jarren Osborn rounded out the best with another tough game down back.

Final score, Berrigan 26.26 (182) to Mathoura 2.1 (13).

Four late changes hurt the Timbercutters as eight players were made to play two games for the day.

Mark Eddy, Trent O’Callaghan, Jack Jennings and Nathan Rowbottom backed up their game in reserves to play in the senior side and Riley Flanagan, Jack Lothian, Scott Eddy and Matthew Druitt had already played in the thirds.

Timbercutters coach Phil Hazelman said it unsettled the side and they went into the game with their backs already against the wall.

Hazelman was back in the side and even with his on-field leadership it wasn’t enough to get the home side into the game.

He made some impact with one of two goals for the game, the other going to Jake Toll.

Hazelman said it would take more than a few players returning to start putting wins on the board.

‘‘Our issue (on Saturday) was application,’’ Hazelman said.

‘‘It was probably our worst performance for the year.

‘‘We didn’t apply ourselves to the game.

‘‘Our tackle count was down by almost 60 per cent and even when the wind was in our favour we couldn’t seem to win centre stoppages and get any ascendency.

‘‘We were able to defend reasonably well in the first quarter against the wind, but made a few silly errors which resulted in goals against us.’’

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