Consistent decade for Berrigan’s Saints

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

The Berrigan Saints’ decade has seen a dominant display of consistent football, highlighted by a premiership victory in 2011 and a decade straight of top five finishes.

The Saints finished third in 2010, starting the decade strong but bowing out of finals after losing a tough preliminary to Strathmerton.

Berrigan bounced back in 2011, finishing third again and going on to a dominant grand final victory against Jerilderie 16.6 (102) to 7.10 (52).

After finishing second in 2012, the Saints went on to again make the grand final.

In the re-match of the previous year, they lost to Jerilderie 19.16 (130) to 12.9 (81).

In 2013, the Saints finished fourth and were unable to make a deep run into the finals, falling to Blighty in the first elimination final.

In the next two years, Berrigan finished fifth but failed to make it past the semi-finals.

The Saints dominated the regular season in 2016, finishing second with 12 wins. 

After losing to Strathmerton in the qualifying final, the Saints went on to defeat Blighty in the semi-finals before narrowly falling to Strathmerton 14.10 (94) to 13.9 (87).

The Saints had top five finishes in 2017 and 2018, but grand final glory was out of reach.

A 2017 re-match against Blighty saw Berrigan out of contention, managing only 9.8 (62) to the Redeyes’ 13.9 (87).

It was Rennie who dashed their hopes in 2018, with an elimination final score of 16.10 (106) to 8.6 (54). 

Berrigan finished off the decade of top-class football with a 13 win season in 2019.

Yet again, the third placed team fell short in finals, losing to the emerging Deni Rovers and not progressing past the semis.

The Saints’ team of the decade is as follows:

B: Grant Martin, Tim Cooper, Andrew Pyle (Captain)

HB: Chris Patten, Tom Walliss, Paul Massingham

C: Jack Mynard, Matt Gorman, Toby Dalgliesh

HF: Lee Schmidt, Ben Way, Jack Yelland

F: Harley Middleton, Chase Saunders, Tom Beams

R: Adam Way, Mark McQualter, Craig Thornton

Interchange: Adam Fox, Kris Bedford, Jake Beams, Kyle McQualter. 

Coach: Jamie Robinson.

Grant Martin: 2011 premiership player and current captain. Strong backman despite his height. Can play on tall or small forwards. The heart and soul of the backline. Rarely beaten.

Tim Cooper:  Dual B&F winner. Reads the play exceptionally well, great attacking player with a booming kick who can also play up the ground. Rarely misses a target.

Andrew Pyle: 2011 Premiership Captain. Fearless leader. Dynamic backline player who can play tall or short. Can play anywhere on the ground.

Chris Patten: Dual B&F winner. Hard running and very skilful player. Great reader of the

Tom Walliss: 2011 Premiership player. CHB who cuts off a lot of entries. Outstanding mark and very hard to score on. Reads the play well. Great to watch.

Paul Massingham: PDFNL Medal Winner. Rugged small defender who reads the play better than most. Courageous player who always puts his body on the line. Never short of a word.

Jack Mynard: 2011 Premiership player. Played all his junior football at Berrigan. Smart and tough allrounder with a lot of pace. Loves to take them on.

Matt Gorman: Two PDFNL Medals to his name. 2011 Premiership player. Gun onballer who hunts the footy. His workrate is second to none. Loves to get in his opponent’s head.

Toby Dalgliesh: 2011 Premiership player. Very skilful on both sides of his body. Very polished player who always has space and time. Loves a goal and a joke. Great clubman.

Lee Schmidt: Front running leader who can play forward or midfield. Fantastic goal sneak who wears his heart on his sleeve. Has whiteline fever.

Ben Way: Talented, athletic and highly skilled. Excellent hands and very accurate kick of the football. Puts fear into every backman who lines up on him.

Jack Yelland: 2011 Premiership player. Great footballer who has exceptional skills on both sides of his body. A hard running and very disciplined player.

Harley Midddleton: Dual B&F Winner. Big midfield/forward with strong mark and great skills. Unstoppable. The team’s barometer.

Chase Saunders: 2011 Premiership player. Freakish full forward who can kick a goal from anywhere. Great one on one mark who likes to bring his team mates into the game.

Tom Beams: Silky midfielder who wins his own footy and constantly hits the scoreboard. Terrific user of the ball.

Adam Way: Big ruckman who gives his midfielders first use of the ball. Picks up unlimited possessions around the ground.

Mark McQualter: Dual B&F winner. Elite midfielder who always puts his head over the ball. A strong leader who works hard up and down the ground. Gets heaps of the footy and has great disposal.

Craig Thornton: Three times B&F winner, Life Member and 2011 Premiership player. Tough onballer with penetrating left foot. Fantastic second and third effort. Would get knocked down but jump up time and time again.

Adam Fox: 2011 Premiership player. Great footy smarts and great teacher of the game, knows exactly where to be. Veteran of the side with a big motor. Leads from the front.

Kris Bedford: Cool calm and collected player who is very tough at the ball. Accurate skills.

Jake Beams: Very smooth midfielder who gets a lot of the ball. Has flawless skills and loves to kick a goal.

Kyle McQualter: Great running defender who has a penetrating kick. Loves to run out of the backline.