The The 2021 season has come to a sad end for the Saints
following a heartbreaking 10-point loss in the Grand Final
against Roleystone Tigers at Wyong Reserve.
The Saints kicked with a slight breeze in the first term
but appeared to have nerves as they struggled to settle.
Roleystone had the opening goal within the first 2 minutes, and
another goal three minutes later to establish themselves. When
they kicked their third at the 18-minute mark, the lead had
extended to a game-high 18 points, and the signs looked
worrying. However, Mitch Hunter restored some confidence with
the Saints’ first goal at the 22-minute to cut the margin to 12
points at the first break.
Diquane Juli kicked his first goal 5 minutes in to the second
term, but the Saints were still below their best. Roleystone
kicked a further two goals in quick succession midway through
the term to extend the lead back to 16 points, before Diquane
Juli kicked his second goal for the term. The Tigers replied
quickly to return the margin back to 17 points at the half.
The Saints were determined to make amends in the third term, and
when Liam Carroll goaled at the 6-minute mark, it started a run
of goals to get them back in the game. A lightning quick run
down the wing by Tremayne Hodder two minutes later to set up
Diquane Juli’s third goal, and when Harrison Tyler kicked
another a minute later, the Saints had hit the lead for the
first time in the game. Nathan Williams added another, and when
Diquane Juli kicked his fourth goal shortly before three quarter
time, the Saints had opened up a handy 15-point lead at three
quarter time. All of the great work in the back line was
supported by relentless defending, with Matt Carlyon being
responsible for numerous intercept marks across the half back
Not to be outdone, Roleystone kicked the first two goals of the
final term with the slight breeze, but skipper Mitch Hunter did
his best to keep the Saints going with another goal to give them
a 9-point lead at the 10-minute mark. Unfortunately for the
Saints, the Tigers rallied again, with goals coming at the 14,
17 and 20-minute marks to give them a 9-point lead. The Saints
tried bravely to rescue back the lead, but the deficit was too
At the conclusion of the game, Saints midfielder Harrison Tyler
was awarded the medal for Best On Ground in the Grand Final.
Despite the disappointment of the loss, the Club is extremely
proud of the character showed by the players, firstly in turning
the club’s fortunes around from last year, but then finishing
the season as Minor Premiers and WAAFL Champion Club. The pain
of the loss will spur the Club onto bigger and better things in
2022, which will be the Club’s Centenary Year.
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