GNL. The Tall Timbers Smithton Saints displayed poor ball control against the Queechy Penguins during round six of the Greater Northern League in Smithton on Saturday.
The visitors swiftly slipped two goals onto the scoreboard in the first quarter as Smithton struggled to settle into the game.
The home side found momentum after the break while utilising the midfield and depth of the field to apply offensive pressure and prevent the Penguins from scoring.
The Saints slipped into old habits following the main break with loose player marking and poor decision making hurting the side.
Fullbacks Nick Stokes and Nigel Kingston were overcome by attacking pressure while Nathan Johns and Daniel Cramer assisted with an impressive work rate across the half-backline, holding out opposition before the home side eventually surrendered to the pressure, defeated by five uncontested goals.
The women met with the ladder leader of the league, an experienced line up of northern players.
The Saints conceded to the Penguins in the first quarter before establishing a defensive structure in the second.
Following the break, goalkeeper Melissa Dodd worked overtime as Smithton frustrated the opposition in defence.
At the final whistle, following the uncontested four goal defeat, coach Elliott Mainwaring said the Saints are “starting to show some cohesion in breaking through to our forwards” as the side continues to build as a team.
In round seven of the Greater Northern League this Saturday (May 26), the Smithton Saints and South Burnie will meet in Smithton.