A four-goal second term was the difference in a low-scoring match between Berrigan and the Deni Rovers on Saturday.
It was the Rovers who triumphed by 23 points, with the visitors taking full advantage of a strong wind in the second stanza to build a match-winning lead in horrible weather conditions.
Final score, Rovers 8.12 to Berrigan 5.7.
The Saints were always in the contest and had a one-point lead at the first break.
But the Roos hit top gear in the second term, blowing the game wide open with four unanswered goals to head into the sheds 25 points ahead.
The Saints couldn’t make the most of limited opportunities and despite winning the second half were not close enough on the scoreboard to mount a serious challenge.
For the Rovers it was one of their gun recruits, Aaron Purcell, who stole the show. The champion goalkicker, who crossed from Jerilderie this year, kicked three of his side’s eight goals as the Roos held on for a strong win.
James Irvine was the only dual goalkicker for the Saints.
A dominant second half from the Rovers’ reserves led to a 56-point win over the Saints.
A tight first half saw the Roos take an 11 point advantage into the main break, before a 6.10 to one point second half in the trying conditions capped off the result.
Final score, Deni Rovers 9.17 (71) to Berrigan 2.3 (15).
Gerald Towler and Adam Fox were the only goal scorers for the Saints.
The Berrigan thirds were unable to mount any sort of a challenge to their opponents going down 1.6 (12) to 12.10 (82). Fraser Haintz kicked the only goal for the Saints in the last quarter.
Berrigan’s fourths suffered a big loss but never gave up.
Darcy Pyle, Hamish Cameron, Tyrell Taylor, Caleb Thornton, Patrick Waugh and Liam Brown were the best for the Saints.
Berrigan travels to Mathoura this Saturday.