Berrigan boys


by Glen Davis

I tried a while ago to select a team from Berrigan, and adjacent areas in that part of the Riverina, but fell a few players short. How I left out/forgot Shane Crawford is staggering. I have taken on board the comments of fellow Almanackers such as Sheikh Mohammed bin Rocket, and his suggestion to include players from around Deniliquin, but after a long, hard process, I have thought no. Why? The last time I was in Deni would have been in the late 1960’s when I was in short pants; actually I’m still in short pants this morning.

No, I will focus on Berrigan, and those small towns adjacent of Barooga, Finley, Jerilderie and Tocumwal. Here we go.

B: R Watt, Tocumwal/Geelong, M Hawkins, Finley/Geelong, J Hawkins, Finley/Geelong

HB: B Toohey, Barooga/Geelong/Sydney/Footscray, R Jeffrey, Jerilderie/Geelong/St Kilda/Brisbane, T Powell, Berrigan/Richmond/Carlton

C: M Jeffers, Tocumwal/Melbourne, A , ‘Yabby’, Jeans, Tocumwal/St Kilda, M Dowdle, Jerilderie/North Melbourne

HF: T Hargraves, Berrigan/Hawthorn/Geelong, P, ‘Ocker’ Stephens, Jerilderie/Geelong, P Doyle, Berrigan/Geelong

F: T Hawkins, Finley/Geelong, W, Billy’ Brownless, Jerilderie/Geelong, D Jackson, Finley/Geelong

Foll: F Way, Berrigan/South Melbourne, B Gleson, Berrigan/St Kilda, S Crawford, Finley/Hawthorn

Int: T Gleeson, Berrigan/Melbourne, G Toohey, Barooga/Geelong, J Crawford, Finley/Hawthorn/Sydney, R Wadell, Jerilderie/Carlton/Geelong, P Baldwin, Tocumwal/Geelong

And as the coach, how can we go past the great ‘Yabby’ Jeans. A side with a number of  premierships players, including those who captained or coached flag winning teams, complemented with the fact two players are Bronwlow medallists, would take some beating.






  1. Leon Higgins – 100 odd games for Swans , is a Tocumwal boy

  2. Good article Glen.

    Quite disappointed that we never get to play the Saints after the division split in 2009.

  3. Thank Mark, a shoddy mistake re Leon. For some silly reason i thought he came from Tooleybuc, a long way west. Glen!

  4. Steve Castieau says

    David Murphy Swans team of the century comes from finley

  5. Steve, i’m pretty sure David Murphy played for a Wagga team. I’ve put him in my composite Wagga side.

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