UNDER-GUNNED BUT GUTSY SAINTS FIGHT
THE withdrawal of Marc Millard and Brayden Klemke – star defenders and key runners in the line-up – was a significant blow to a Saints combination trying to get consistency in its play for Saturday’s Heathcote and District Football League match against Huntly.
The wide expanses of the Huntly Oval would allow the Hawk’s abundance of runners to take advantage of these absences.
As was to be expected Huntly dominated around the ground but in positive signs for Luke Bell and his coaching panel the Saints did not get blown away in the first quarter.
And regained their composure to slot a couple of late goals to trail by just 13 points.
With Ange Romagnano taking Millard’s role as the sweeper in defence and Tom Pain again continuing to be constructive around the ground, the Saints went into the second term with some confidence.
But it was all Huntly as it slammed on 8.5 and ran Heathcote ragged across the ground.
The long break did nothing to help as the talented Hawks outfit continued to attack but the under-gunned Saints’ defence was tremendous, restricting them to just four goals.
In fact the last five minutes or so saw the Saints take control of the ball but three shots within the 50m arc only resulted in three behinds, not a fair indication of their hard work.
Huntly continued to run and finished with a flurry of goals at the end to bump the margin over 100 points.
It would be easy to make a negative comment at the result but the Saints played a tremendous team and unlike the match against Leitchville-Gunbower kept attacking and scored five goals.
Young Jye Formosa made his senior debut after playing a full game in the thirds and although light-framed did not look overawed by the situation.
Congratulations to Jye who got to play his first game with brother Jordan.
With players such as Reece Carmichael, Marc Millard, Brayden Klemke and coach Luke Bell to return, the Saints just have to keep backing each other and supporters need to remain just that.
WITH a very winnable game against White Hills on Saturday the Saints faithful need to get down to the Barrack Reserve and urge on their young team.
Tom Pain and Darcy McLean were outstanding all day, they were like terriers around the ground and never shirked going in for the hard ball.
They both enjoyed the wide open spaces of Huntly and provided the Saints with plenty of drive.
Louis Piccolo returned to form on the back of a game where he continued to run to contests to present, his tackling a feature.
Skipper Jake Condon was his usual hardworking self and Dan Russell and Romagnano were strong in defence all day.
Tom Pain was brilliant at ground level across the ground but showed his full range when he pulled down this spectacular grab just before the siren.