Last chance for Saints

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

MILE­STONE: Ja­clyn McAlpine was un­able to post a win in what was her 250th club game for Myrtle­ford on Satur­day.

MYRTLE­FORD has been un­able to re­cap­ture their round eight hero­ics with a 46-37 loss to Wan­garatta in their Ovens and Mur­ray B grade qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal on Satur­day.

The Mag­pies slowly trick­led away from the Saints early as their three-goal quar­ter time lead ex­tended to six at the half.

Myrtle­ford then had their best quar­ter in the third as both teams scored 13 goals be­fore they jumped Wan­garatta early in the last to cut the mar­gin back to three be­fore the Mag­pies again lifted.

Brid­get Flint-Chap­man and Amber Quirk were able to ef­fec­tively pres­sure and force wide Wan­garatta’s shoot­ers, Gabrielle Wales and Tayla Allen, as their in­ac­cu­racy kept Myrtle­ford in the game.

Star player, Re­becca Pi­azza, was solid for the Saints with 31 goals at 76 per cent.

Coach Ja­clyn McAlpine was a strong per­former in her 250th game for the club while fel­low vet­eran Flint-Chap­man was the Saints’ best.

McAlpine’s 250th game has been a long time com­ing due to preg­nan­cies, years away and in­jury af­ter she brought up her 150th all the way back in 2006.

Myrtle­ford will this week­end meet Lav­ing­ton in a sud­den­death semi-fi­nal with the win­ner to face the loser of North Al­bury and the Mag­pies in a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

The Saints eas­ily ac­counted for Lav­ing­ton at home in round 12, win­ning by 16 goals, but were beaten in round three without Flint-Chap­man, Pi­azza and McAlpine. PHOTO: Melissa Beattie

McAlpine is weary of the Pan­thers given their elim­i­na­tion fi­nal win over an in form Yar­ra­wonga out­fit.

“They must be play­ing a lot bet­ter than the last time we played them, it will def­i­nitely be a tough game for us,” she said.

“It went up a gear on the week­end and there were a lot more nerves, turnovers and mis­takes that wouldn’t usu­ally hap­pen and with fi­nals we will get that pres­sure again.”

Myrtle­ford will play their semi-fi­nal at 12.30pm on Sun­day at the WJ Find­lay Oval.

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