It was Berrigan who stood tall in their Picola & District League round eight clash against Jerilderie on Saturday.
The Saints were more polished than the young Demons, recording an 85 point win at Monash Park.
Berrigan were dominant in the first three quarters, keeping the Dees to 2.3 up until the last break while scoring 14.13 themselves.
The Demons never gave up though with a much improved effort in the last, with both sides adding three majors to their final tally.
It was the usual suspects for Berrigan with Mark McQualter and Angus Coldwell stealing the show with another great display out of the middle.
The dynamic duo were assisted well by Phil Murrowood with his handy tapwork.
Kyle Hawker had a great impact down back with his fancy footwork while the big bodied Cam Hall hit the best players’ list yet again with his hardness around the packs.
Jacob Sampson had another top game and young Mason Peters kicked two excellent goals in his first senior game.
Topping the scorers’ tally was Tom Irvine with four and Harley Middleton with three.
For the Demons it was the younger players who stood up again with John Lawton using pace to full advantage, while Ned Beasley showed great courage and commitment in his attack on the football.
Onballer Mitch A’Vard ran hard all day and Nick Parker was again solid and dependable in the backline.
Brad Parker was a strong marking target up forward, scoring two goals for the home side from his limited opportunities.
Final score, Berrigan 17.18 (120) to Jerilderie 5.5 (35).
Jerilderie coach Chris Marshall said the Saints’ experience was the difference on the day.
‘‘They have a few more mature bodies than us,’’ he said.
‘‘Berrigan used the ball a lot better throughout the game and were usually first to the ball.
‘‘We responded well in the second half which was really good to see from the young side.
‘‘It gave us an opportunity to give some of the young players—Mitch A’Vard, Zac Barlow and Ned Beasley— a bit of time through the middle; they all did really well.’’
The Demons will have a tough task this week when they travel to play fifth place Blighty.
To make matters worse Jerilderie will be without Marshall due to a broken finger and John Lawton will miss with an ankle injury.
Marshall identified one key match-up for the game with young Jordan Anthony set to get the task on reigning Pearce Medallist Jed Brain.
‘‘The best we can do is put in a four quarter effort,’’ he said.
‘‘It’ll be a big test for Jordan but a good learning curve for him.’’
The Saints have a bye for round nine, returning to the field to take on the 2017 PDFL South-East Division premiers Rennie in round 10.