GNL Women. In their last away game of the season, the Rocky Cape Tavern Smithton Saints were defeated 3-1 by bottom-of-the-ladder South Burnie.
In very warm conditions, the Saints fought hard from the opening whistle and although they had the majority of play, it was South who scored first through a penalty corner.
Despite the setback, the Saints continued to pressure the Hawks and were rewarded for their efforts with a number of corners, but were ultimately unable to convert.
Against the break of play, South caught the Saints’ defence off-guard and once again found the net.
With their spirits dropping, Smithton were left wondering what else to do when South scored once more before half time.
Coming out after the break refreshed and with a change in the line-up, the Saints stepped up their play.
The defence worked overtime to stop more goals while the forwards ran hard and led all over the field, trying to get around a strong South back line.
Laura Berechree and Alex Mainwaring again played vital roles in setting up plenty of chances in attack, and were well supported by veteran Sonia Poke and hard-running young guns Kira Johnston and Connie Perry.
With more penalty corners awarded to the Saints, a variation on top saw Bek Lardner find Berechree in a good position, who slotted one past the keeper to lift the team’s spirits.
However time wasn’t on their side, with South holding the visiting side off to come out 3-1 winners and leave the Saints heading home disappointed.
This week sees the last game of the season for the Saints women against rivals City Marians at home, with the game starting at 2pm.