History three-peats

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - JORDAN GERRANS NET­BALL

Six pre­mier­ships in 10 sea­sons is a re­mark­able achieve­ment in any sport­ing league. But, to com­plete it in the first decade as a club is even more spe­cial. And, now Cairns Saints can boast the huge tri­umph in two codes, their foot­ball and net­ball pro­grams. Saints se­nior net­ball side recorded pre­mier­ship No.3 on the trot on Fri­day night, their sixth in the past 10 sea­sons, to match their se­nior foot­ball team, who com­pleted the feat in the ’90s.

SIX pre­mier­ships in 10 sea­sons is a re­mark­able achieve­ment in any sport­ing league.

But, to com­plete it in the first decade as a club is even more spe­cial.

And, now Cairns Saints can boast the huge tri­umph in two codes, their foot­ball and net­ball pro­grams.

Saints se­nior net­ball side recorded pre­mier­ship No. 3 on the trot on Fri­day night, their sixth in the past 10 sea­sons, to match their se­nior foot­ball team, who com­pleted the feat in the ’90s.

“I thought that was very po­etic to do the same as the footy side in their first 10 years in the com­pe­ti­tion,” Saints coach Win­nie Whately said. “The foot­ball club has done the three-peat be­fore and for us to do it in net­ball is great, too.”

But, mid­way through the first half on Fri­day evening in the grand fi­nal against Leprechauns, pre­mier­ship win No. 6 looked far from a re­al­ity.

The Saints trailed by as many as nine goals early on, their big­gest deficit they had faced all sea­son, be­fore coach Whately in­jected her­self into the game, as well as other shift­ing star Jac­qui Dupuy to goal­shooter.

Saints edged the mar­gin to just four at the fi­nal change, be­fore pow­er­ing away in the fi­nal term to win 40-36.

Whately joked she had only played two min­utes in the en­tire sea­son be­fore com­ing on with the sea­son on the line and chang­ing the mo­men­tum al­most sin­gle-hand­edly.

“The girls knew it was se­ri­ous if I had to go on and play,” Whately said with a laugh. “They just set­tled and were able to con­cen­trate on get­ting their jobs done and be more ac­count­able.

“I felt like I made a lit­tle bit of an im­pact as well Jac­qui Dupuy’s shoot­ing. Her ac­cu­racy was great in the fourth quar­ter.”

In a los­ing side, Chloe Fredrick­sen was named Player of the Fi­nal.

Dual Mar­lin Coast Mar­lins and Saints Dupuy, Rachel Faanana, Wendy Stafford, Akayla Peter­son coach Whately col­lected the rare two pre­mier­ships in one sea­son af­ter the Mar­lins claimed the state league ti­tle ear­lier this year.

Pic­ture: STE­WART McLEAN

THREE CHEERS: Cairns Saints cel­e­brate their third con­sec­u­tive pre­mier­ship, to­talling six flags in 10 years.

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