Berrigan's homeground advantage will count for little

BERRIGAN coach Ty Russell says homeground advantage will count for little in Sunday’s knockout first semi-final against Tocumwal.

But he’s happy to admit the Saints are glad they’re at home.

The fierce rivals will face off in a final for the first time in decades on Sunday after Tocumwal joined its former Murray league sparring partner in the Picola league this season.

“I’m sure it might be a little advantage being at home but having said that, our ground is probably a similar size to theirs,” Russell said.

“They flogged us last time. We’ll definitely be underdogs.”

Russell, who said he’d “hate to guess” the last time the clubs met in a final, also said last week’s elimination final win over Blighty had given the Saints confidence.

Jerilderie and Strathmerton will fight for flag favouritism in the second semi-final, with the winner going straight into the grand final.