July 28, 2017
South Burnett Saints are still sitting behind University Cougars on the Darling Downs AFL ladder despite beating the competition leaders twice in less than a month.
It was a close game from the starting whistle, but Saints proved their worth again in front of their hometown fans, leading by a whisker at each change.
The celebrations at the end of the game at Lyle Vidler Oval were much deserved.
Defence was strong by both teams in the first quarter, with the Saints leading 2.7 (19) to 2.1 (13) at the break.
At half-time, South Burnett still had a narrow lead which could have been even greater except for some missed opportunities: 5.12 (42) to 6.4 (40).
It was neck-and-neck in the third quarter which each side kicking four goals.
South Burnett started the last quarter just three points in front,
The game was in the balance right up to the final siren, with each side peppering the posts with kicks; Saints finished best, kicking six goals to five.
The final score was South Burnett Saints 15.17 (107) to University Cougars 15.8 (98).
South Burnett goal kickers were Keegan Wright (4), Kieran Askin (3), Joseph Amery (2), Mitchell Francis (2), Nathan Trace (2) and Jordan Pressnell (2).
The Saints will take on the Toowoomba Tigers on Saturday at Toowoomba.
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The Saints’ Women’s team had the measure of Lockyer-Warwick in their game played at Warwick on Saturday.
The final score was 10.20 (80) to 0.0 (0).
South Burnett goal kickers were Tamika Schick (5), Kayla Smith (2), Reanna Fenton, Natalie Fenton and Ashleigh Irvine.
The Saints’ Women will join their male colleagues again on Saturday, playing Toowoomba Tigers at Toowoomba.