Saints coach lands prelim double
Saints coach Charlene Watters will be busy this week after her A-grade women’s and men’s teams advanced to this Saturday’s grand finals.
The Saints A-grade women’s team took on Australs last Friday in a game that had Australs start with a more attacking mindset.
For the first 10 minutes, Australs had the majority of attack and their young forward line kept Olivia Burr and her defenders busy.
Burr will be a crucial element for the Saints in this week’s game against the high-scoring Cardinals team.
After seeing off the early attacks by Australs, Saints then turned the tide and went on the attack.
With scores level at 0-0 at the break, both teams started the sec- ond half looking for the lead.
Australs had the better chance early on, but it was Saints who scored after 16 minutes.
They took advantage of a fourplayer defence for a penalty corner to take the lead.
With a grand final spot in their sights, they maintained the pressure, and Quinn McVee’s direct shot from a penalty corner extended the lead.
Australs’ season was on the line and a short corner goal with four minutes remaining brought the Australs crowd back to life. Saints controlled the remaining minutes to take a 2-1 victory.
In A-reserve, Saints progressed to the grand final after a 3-0 win over Cardinals. The Saints’ eight penalty corners to Cardinals 1 highlighted that they had the majority of scoring opportunities.
Despite playing in the preliminary final, Saints will go into the grand final against Australs as favourites because of their consistent season.
Saints’ Sophie Wallace and Australs’ Hanna Detlefesen.
Australs’ Sue Mundy and Saints’ Annabele Wallace battle for the ball.
Australs goalkeeper Dirannie Kirby dives to block a goal attempt from Saints’ Belinda Burrows.
Australs’ Kate Tonkin and Saints’ Jessica Ronin fight hard for possession.