Saints fall short of flag glory

Alpine Observer - - Sport - JU­NIOR FOOTBALL By SCOTT ANDERSON

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.

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