JERILDERIE has bounced back from last week’s disappointing loss to Strathmerton with a convincing return to form.
The league leader put away Berrigan 6.8 (44) to 15.15 (105) in a game that was closely contested for long periods.
“I think it was important we bounced back,” Jerilderie coach Josh Bode said.
“We just focused on playing man-on-man, accountable footy — it’s cliche but it’s what we wanted to do and I think we did that pretty well.”
Bode said it was a game for spectators with plenty of contested footy.
But the difference he said came in the second half when Jerilderie’s possession was made to count.
“We probably butchered the ball a little in the first half but cleaned that up,” Bode said.
“We won the contested footy for the day, but it was also a tight contest all day — you never felt on top of the game until probably the last 10 minutes.
“They were always coming back at us and we had to fight pretty hard to get away with a win.”
Jerilderie welcomed back Dave Gregory who played well on his return from hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, Aaron Purcell didn’t have his best day in front of goal but even on an off day the power forward bagged nine goals to stay in the hunt for 200 this season.
Bode said Gregory’s younger brother, 15-year-old James, also had a good game.
“We had seven thirds players in which is a bonus,” Bode said.
“It’s good to have the kids coming through.
“James played in forward pocket ... he’s very small, you cringe sometimes when he goes in to a contest because he’s got no fear, but he’s like a fox terrier nipping at opponents’ heals.
“He tackles really well and he’s lightning quick, he’s putting his hand up to be in the best side for the year.”
Matt Cameron and Jack Mynard (2) were Berrigan’s best, while Harley Middleton kicked three goals for the Saints.