Saints fall short of flag glory
MYRTLEFORD Saints were unable to taste the ultimate success at the weekend, falling short in the Wangaratta and District Junior Football League’s under 12 grand final.
Tigers stunned Saints for the second time in a fortnight to take out the flag.
Saints had gone through the home and away season unbeaten, with two victories over Tigers – one by 81 points and the other by 21.
But the Tigers found their mojo in the finals series, first upsetting Kangaroos – a side they had lost to by 40 points just a month earlier – by 40 points in the qualifying final.
Then they backed that up by inflicting the Saints’ first loss of the year in the second semi when they got up by 31 points.
Was it an aberration? The loss the Saints needed to have? These were the questions that the grand final would answer.
And the answer was an emphatic no.
Tigers came out firing on Saturday, with Darcy Wilson, Judd Schubert and Oliver Sharp leading their side to a 13-point advantage at the first break.
While Matilda Lyons, Tyler Heywood, Jake Skahill, Wil Doodewaard, Ashton McPherson and Lachlan Miotto did their best to turn the tide for the Myrtleford side, Tigers continued to press ahead.
Acadian Vearing, Machlan Corrigan and Deacon Cleal were all impressive as the lead grew larger as the match wore on.
Schubert finished up with six goals, with Michael Sayers adding three and Ned Turner two as Tigers triumphed by 30 points.
McPherson and Brody Bouker were Myrtleford’s top goal scorers with two apiece.