Berrigan Football Club

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Berrigan
Full name Berrigan Football Club
Nickname Saints
Sport Australian Rules Football
Founded 1894
League Picola & District Football League
Home ground Berrigan Sports Ground
Anthem "When the Saints Go Marching In"
President Rick Pyle
Head coach Justin Hoggan
Captain Andrew Pyle
2012 2nd of 9
Strip
Red, White and Black (based on St Kilda)

The Berrigan Football Club, nicknamed the Saints, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Picola & District Football League. The club is based in the small town of Berrigan located in the Riverina district of New South Wales.[1]

The Berrigan Football Club was founded in 1894 and competed in the Southern Riverina Football Association. Berrigan won several premierships against teams such as Tocumwal and Jerilderie. In 1932 Berrigan joined the Murray Football League and played in several grand finals and won 5 of them against old time Murray league teams such as Numurkah, Nathalia, Cobram and Tocumwal.It was between 1980 and 2002 that Berrigan struggled to win games in the Murray league and started to fall behind the other teams and looked like folding at one stage, but through the use of the strong community of the town, the club decided to join the Picola and District Football League. Again Berrigan struggled to win games until the 2009 season when the Picola League split into two divisions, which left Berrigan competing against teams such as Jerilderie, Blighty, Deniliquin, Strathmerton, Picola United, Mathoura, Yarroweyah and Wunghnu in the North West conference. Berrigan made the top three in the 2009 season and made it to its first grand final in 29 years, however the saints fell short against their rivals Jerilderie by three points. In the 2011 season, Berrigan were premiers in the PDFL. Not only did the saints host this grand final but had sweet revenge over Jerilderie by 34 points. It is through these previous grand finals and Murray League football that Berrigan and Jerilderie have developed a fierce rivalry.

Today the Berrigan Saints play their games at one of the finest Recreational Reserves in the district, Having their club rooms completely re-built and the change room renovated, the saint are able to host large crowds and grand finals.

-COACHES-

  • 2011 (Seniors - Premiers)
    • Seniors: Jamie Robinson,
    • Reserves: John Creenhaune,
    • U/17's: Adam Fox/Dean Loats,
    • U/14's: Kevin McQualter,
  • 2012 (Seniors - Runners-Up)
    • Seniors: Justin Hoggan,
    • Reserves: Kevin McQualter,
    • U/17's: Jamie Hicks,
    • U/14's: Josh Bozzolla

-PREMIERSHIPS (TOTAL: 15)-

  • Southern Riverina Football Association (1908–1931)
    • 1909, 1911, 1913, 1917, 1920, 1921, 1924, 1925
  • Murray Football League (1933–2002)
    • 1931, 1934, 1936, 1965, 1968, 1980
  • Picola & District Football League (2003–Present)
    • 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ Full Points Footy, Berrigan, retrieved 15 April 2009 

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