Berrigan has gone from being unable to field an A-grade side last year to being in Picola District Netball League north-west finals contention.
The Saints went down by 10 goals to a difficult opponent in Blighty on Saturday, but coach Bec Ware said she was proud of her side.
Ware’s side stayed in the contest for much of the game, but a third-quarter lapse helped the Redeyes forge ahead.
‘‘We were totally ecstatic with that kind of result, we’re disappointed with the slump in the second and third quarter, they were ahead for most of the match, but we went down by quite a lot in the third,’’ she said.
But the Saints stepped up again in the final quarter to even out the contest as Ware was thrilled with the efforts of defender Sarah Walliss.
‘‘Sarah Walliss is another young one coming back from Melbourne as well, she played defence for the third and fourth quarter and stepped it up in the last making really good decisions and taking two-handed grabs and really controlling the game,’’ Ware said.
Players such as Walliss committing to the club has helped Berrigan rebuild its A-grade side, with Echuca United premiership player Laura Gorman also forming an integral part of the team.
Ware said the side had eyes on the finals if it could continue to perform as it did on Saturday.
‘‘Hopefully (we’ll) make a top five finish, we’re working really hard, but it’ll all come down to the last round, we’ve got a bye in the last round, but we’ll give every game a red hot crack,’’ she said.
Berrigan sits in sixth position with Picola United in the final spot in the top five following a nail-biting win against Jerilderie.
Just one goal separated the sides with Danielle Mahancke putting in an outstanding game in defence for the Blues to help them turn around a seven-goal loss to the Demons.
Picola United coach Leesa Hoopell said her side knew how crucial gaining the four points would be for its finals aspirations.
‘‘I’m just rapt we won, it’s probably our most important win of the year... it was a great game (and) even in the wet the girls stepped up,’’ she said.
‘‘We had a lead of six or seven for most of the game, I never thought we had it in the bag, but the girls showed a lot of fight.’’
In the final match of the round Deniliquin Rovers had a 58-goal victory against Mathoura.