Saints falter in finals

NWFL. The season is now over for the Greenham Tasmania Smithton Saints’ Under 18s after suffering an 18-point defeat at the hands of Wynyard at Ulverstone at the weekend.

With the loss, the Saints name is forever gone with the club set to be known as the Circular Head Giants from 2016.

After an impressive result last round, the U/18 side was confident despite being the underdogs for their clash against the fourth-ranked Wynyard.

The proceedings began in a real arm-wrestle with both teams not giving any inch to their opponent, resulting in just five points being scored in the entire first quarter.

Whatever confidence the Saints had quickly evaporated in the second quarter as team structure and manning-up went out the window, with Wynyard showing their superiority to take a 20-point lead heading into half time.

With possibly only a half of gameplay still remaining in their season, Smithton came out with some vigour to start the third quarter as they were finally able to register their first goals for the game.

Despite the constant pressure from Wynyard, the defence spearheaded by full back ace Kyle Moodie managed to hold off multiple attacks to keep the Saints within distance.

However the pressure became too much to handle as the constant firepower by their opponents meant the season was now over for the Saints, losing 4.9.33 – 6.15.51.

Despite holding the underdog status, coach Rob Coates believed the side could have won the clash if not for some careless mistakes.

“Although I think we have under-achieved, we gave it all we had,” he said.

“Our skill level let us down with a lot of turnovers killing us.”

Attention will now shift to next year’s inaugural season with the Giants moniker, as some players step up to join the senior squads.

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