GNL. The Rocky Cape Tavern Smithton Saints concluded their Greater Northern League season on Saturday with a disappointing defeat against South Burnie.
The Saints men began the game in dominant fashion as captain Jason House led from the front alongside Kade Wooldrage in the midfield.
Keegan Popowski and Richard Cornish used their speed and skill to upset the South Burnie defenders, unlucky not to convert on multiple occasions.
In the second period, Ben Revell and Joe Coombs worked their way into the game becoming dangerous targets.
South Burnie kept their composure and were able to mount an offence of their own however were met by the fierce Eddie Popowski and Liam McLaren in the midfield to turn the run of play around.
The home side applied more pressure in the third term, frustrating Smithton and forcing the Saints to play with only 10 men for a period of time.
Best and Fairest player Nathan Johns and Nigel Kingston excelled in defence as the South Burnie strikers struggled to find a way past.
In the final quarter the speed of the game increased further as Smithton’s centre-halfback Logan Buckby worked furiously in both offence and defence.
Against the run of play, the home side was awarded a penalty corner which was easily converted for the first score of the game.
South Burnie’s confidence soared and the home side charged back into attack while Smithton goalkeeper Dylan Jago performed expertly in defence to make several spectacular saves.
Ultimately, South Burnie crossed the line with a 3-0 victory.
In the women’s game, a nil-all draw finished the season with neither side able to make a substantial impact in offence.
The Smithton Saints would like to thank their supporters for following along all season. Smithton took great strides forward this year and with a young side the next few years are looking very promising.