GNL. In the Greater Northern League on Saturday, the Tall Timbers Smithton Saints men took on South Burnie while the women challenged Launceston City at McKenna Park.
Battling wild weather and a sodden turf, South Burnie prevailed to start the scoring within minutes and set the tone of the game.
Smithton was swamped in defence as opposing offensive players applied pressure with consistency.
In the second quarter, Kiah House broke free to slip past the goalkeeper and bring the scoreboard to 3-1 at the main break.
Smithton started the second half stronger, gaining a penalty corner for Kade Wooldrage to convert before the opposition retaliated to continue its offence.
Following a scoreless final quarter, South Burnie claimed the 5-2 victory.
Smithton held Launceston City to two goals in the women’s game, where wet conditions continued to torment players.
The Smithton Saints men will take on Tamar Churinga while the women meet Devonport in the next round of the Greater Northern League this Saturday (August 11) in Smithton.