COACH: LEE SCHMIDT
2016 FINISH: THIRD (13–6)
2016 BEST-AND-FAIREST: HARLEY MIDDLETON
2016 LEADING GOAL-KICKER: HARLEY MIDDLETON (66)
GROUND: BERRIGAN RECREATION RESERVE
Berrigan’s new playing coach Lee Schmidt is confident his side has the talent to go deep into finals again this season, despite some key departures.
The Saints have suffered a massive blow with the loss of 2015 Pearce medallist Paul Massingham, two-time club best-and-fairest Chris Patten and leagueleading goal-kicker Harley Middleton.
But with Lavington onballer Jake Way and Tungamah tall Tom Irvine joining a talented list, Schmidt believes the club has gone some way to filling these big gaps.
“It’s a bit of an unknown with these big losses and me coaching my first year but we should be competitive,” he said.
“Jake’s coming from the Ovens and Murray league and is a classy midfielder, so he’s a handy inclusion. “Tom will also slot into the side well as a tall utility. He can play at any end of the ground, and along with myself will add some much needed height to the side.”
The Saints will also have highly skilled thirds graduates Lachie Pyle and Tom Whelan play more predominant roles in the side.
“I want to make sure we bring the young guys in to have that good mix of youth and experience that’s needed in a premiership side,” Schmidt said.
“They (Pyle and Whelan) have already had a taste of senior footy, and with Kyle McQualter joining us from Yarrawonga we’re spoilt with talented youth.”
IN: Jake Way (Lavington), Tom Irvine (Tungamah), Lee Schmidt, Matt Eales, Matt Mahon (Corowa-Rutherglen), Kyle McQualter (Yarrawonga)
OUT: Paul Massingham (Yarroweyah), Chris Patten (Tocumwal), Harley Middleton (Shepparton United)