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By Dylan Arvela

Katamatite has kept pace with the Picola and District Football League’s top four with a 10-point win away to Picola United.

Picola United 8.14 (62) lost to Katamatite 10.12 (72)

The Tigers led by 41 points going into the final term where United raged into action against the weary visitors, but Katamatite held on for the four points.

‘‘It was a good win, it was important so we stay in touch with the top four,’’ Tigers coach Jedd Wright said.

‘‘We had a few players who were pretty sore (at three-quarter-time) and we decided to rest them in the final quarter but we managed to hold on.’’

Wright’s side takes on Jerilderie and Mathoura before a bye and he is was hopeful the squad will be close to full strength by the break and heading into the final two rounds and finals.

He said the side needed to start stringing together wire-to-wire performances before finals time.

‘‘We need to produce a four-quarter effort game, you need to do that if you want to win.’’

Yarroweyah

Yarroweyah’s two-game winning run came to a thumping holt with the Hoppers suffering a 160-point belting at home by Berrigan.

Yarroweyah 5.3 (33) lost to Berrigan 29.19 (193)

The Saints took out the first term 55-0, before knocking through another 21 majors to secure the resounding victory.

The defeat was a blow to Yarroweyah’s percentage, which could prove key if the side was to play finals, though coach Geoff Benson admitted the Hoppers were forced to field an understrength side.

‘‘We ended up resting nine players and fielding six kids who had never played seniors before,’’ he said.

‘‘We were fairly knocked up after the Blighty game, three or four guys were in doubt and another three were no goes (to play against Berrigan).’’

Benson believed Berrigan was the real deal but he questioned whether any side was going to be able to prevent one of the Saints — Strathmerton or Waaia — from taking out the flag.

‘‘There’s a reason Berrigan are in the top three, the top three are standout teams by a country mile and it looks like it will be a three-horse race,’’ he said.

Yarroweyah face winless Tocumwal this weekend, a side they beat on a technicality in round one.

Benson said there was no excuses heading into the match, one he has deemed as a must win before a bye in round 15.

Strathmerton

Mathoura came within a quarter of pulling off one of the upsets of the season on Saturday.

Mathoura 9.6 (60) lost to Strathmerton 11.10 (76)

The 10th-place Timbercutters led ladder-leader Strathmerton 57-43, but the Bulldogs pulled the points out for the fire with a 33-3 final term.

‘‘I just don’t think we were mentally switched on from the get-go,’’ Bulldogs coach Edgar said.

‘‘We went away from what we’d been doing in regards to our structures and playing a role for our team.

‘‘But to Mathoura’s credit, they put the pressure on us early and were prepared to do those team things.’’

The win was the Bulldogs eighth on the bounce. The side remain at the top of the table heading into the bye before closing out the season against Katunga, Jerilderie, Berrigan and Rennie.