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Berri strong opening

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April 02, 2018

Berrigan continued its recent dominance against Tocumwal in Good Friday’s Picola District Football League season-opener.

Berrigan continued its recent dominance against Tocumwal in Good Friday’s Picola District Football League season-opener.

After knocking the Bloods out of last season’s finals, the Saints doubled down on bringing them misery with a 75-point round one belting.

Jake Dalgliesh was the beneficiary of the Saints’ sensational play across the ground, helping himself to six goals in a best-on-ground performance.

It was a long day for Tocumwal in front of a vocal home crowd, with plenty of excitement in the air for Tim Garlick’s return to the club as a playing coach.

But in no time Berrigan had blown the game wide open with a dominant 12 scoring shots to three in the opening stanza.

The Bloods had plenty to work on to get themselves back into the contest, 34 points behind at quarter-time.

But the Berrigan show was just getting started as it continued to score at will with another nine second-quarter scoring shots, heading to the break in complete control 49 points ahead.

There was no stopping the surging Saints in the second half either, piling on nine goals to five to complete a comprehensive win.

Dalgliesh starred with six goals, but there were plenty to share around in the thumping, with Toby Dalgliesh, playing coach Lee Schmidt, Lachlan Pyle and Phillip Murrawood each finding two.

Ed Hayne, Jacob Sampson and Mark McQualter were among Berrigan’s best in an impressive performance putting the rest of the new-look PDFL on notice.

For Tocumwal, Oliver Rennie, Billy Dixon and Troy Poynton each kicked two goals, but the highlights were few and far between.

The Bloods have a week off before travelling to Blighty in round two, while Berrigan will play its first home game that weekend against Deniliquin Rovers.

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