Berrigan looks to have done enough to book their spot in the Picola League finals despite going down to Strathmerton by 15 points in Berrigan on Saturday.
The close encounter with the red-hot Bulldogs saw the Saints keep a superior percentage over sixth placed Deni Rovers, with the Rovers facing ladder leader Picola United to close out the season and highly unlikely to overtake the Saints in sixth place.
The Bulldogs were able to stay marginally in front for the whole day on Saturday, but Berrigan never let them out of reach, trailing by just 21 points at three quarter time.
The Saints looked to threaten the flag favourite in the last but Strathmerton proved too good, holding on to victory.
Berrigan’s Tom Irvine was again busy up forward with seven majors in another strong showing, but it was Jye Adamson who claimed best on ground honours with another industrious game playing out of the middle where he didn’t stop running.
Jake Way was again influential and tough around the stoppages where he was well assisted by the rejuvenated Andrew Hawkins in the ruck for the Saints.
Matt Eales had another top game from the wing, where he continues to hit the scoreboard, while Kyle Hawker put on a strong display from the back flank for the home side.
Matt Shannon and Adam Graham impressed for the Bulldogs, with Zeke Bunge, Mikal Bloom, Marcus Cleary and Daniel Ellis closing out the side’s best.
Final score, Strathmerton 16.7 (103) to Berrigan 13.10 (88).
The Saints have the bye this weekend to rest ahead of an elimination final against Tocumwal to be played in Yarroweyah the following week. Berrigan haven’t had a win over the Bloods this season but will take confidence out of their performance against Strathy.