Berrigan 10.13 (73) d Strathmerton 10.5 (65)
Taking on Berrigan away in the Picola and District Football League was always going to be a tough challenge — and it proved to be just that with the senior boys unable to get the job done.
With the better players hard to find, Micky Laids was a stand out.
Zach Connell and Zeke Bunge also won their positions on the ground, while Brandon Duckworth and Sam Lewis tried hard all day.
A much-improved effort will needed this week as the boys travel to Rennie to take on the reigning premiers.
Berrigan 9.5 (59) d Strathmerton 1.3 (9)
The first loss for Strathmerton comes from a handy Berrigan side as Strathmerton was slow to get started and, despite fighting back hard in the second half, could not make up ground.
Once again, the ever-reliable Mick Keane was best on ground and his talk around the ground was exceptional.
Brock Palmer was also a big help on his return and played well in the centre all day.
Ryan Bury was also hard around the contest putting his body on the line several times.
Thanks again to the thirds who helped out, providing plenty of pressure and options up forward.
Greg Stephens also played a great game, taking on a shut-down role.
Hopefully the boys can stick together and bounce back against Rennie this week.
Berrigan 2.2 (14) lt Strathmerton 8.13 (61)
The under-14s had almost perfect weather for football, with the welcomed rain during the week making it a little softer under foot.
The boys quickly realised they had a solid contest on their hands with Berrigan putting lots of pressure on all around every contest.
The switch with Mitch Easden going forward has proven a great move, with him providing a great target up forward, and kicking truly in the last two weeks.
The second and third quarters saw a great arm wrestle in the game. Both sides gave a great contest with our boys gaining the upper hand and getting some goals on the board.
Josh Payne and Will Almond have been working tirelessly in the midfield, winning almost every clearance to provide plenty of scoring opportunities.
The final quarter had the boys against the small breeze, but they continued to work hard and get the ball into the forward line. It was a fantastic win and the boys should keep up the great work.
Thanks to Hilly for umpiring, Nick Spicer for time keeping and Macca in the goals.
Goal kickers: Mitch Easden 4, Jackson Bury 2, Jayden Edgar 1, Josh Payne 1.
Awards: Josh Payne (Strathy Cafe); Will Almond (Subway); Mitch Easden (Terminus Hotel); Sid McNeil (women’s committee); Caleb Wilson (Maccas $10); Mitch O’Brien (coach’s award).