Saints achieve club first

The men's team came out on top after defeating the Dalby Swans. 211221_13 Pictures: LAURA BLACKMORE

Laura Blackmore

For the first time in the club’s history, the South Burnett Saints had both teams come away with the win at home after Saturday’s match ups.

President Daniel Clacy said he was thrilled to see both teams win at Lyle Vilder Oval in Kingaroy.

“We’ve played at home before and it’s been either the men win and the ladies lose or vice versa,“ Clacy said.

“We’ve never had them both win before.

“Numbers at training have been high this year.

“Despite the season being postponed, our teams have had a promising pre season and it showed on the field.”

The Saints women’s match kicked off at 12.50pm against Goondiwindi Hawks.

At the end of the first quarter the home side were up 8-2, however, things started to pick up in the second quarter with a few stellar goals from Bree Pogany.

The Saints were still in the lead at half time sitting on 29-8, and increased their lead to 40-11 during the third quarter.

As the final buzzer blew, they proved to be too strong for the away team, taking the final score up to 71-12 and marking the first win for the women’s side since 2018.

Along side leading goal kicker Pogany who finished up on six, Kayla Smith kicked two goals and coach/player Sandy Banks and Hayley Ellison scored up a goal each.

Before the men’s match up against the Dalby Swans, the women created a guard of honour to congratulate Daniel Clacy on reaching 100 games as well as both the Trace brother’s, Nathan and Daniel, for 50 games each.

It was a low scoring first quarter for the men with the Saints just in the lead on 11-6.

The Saints edged their way ahead of the opponents to finish up on 39-18 at half time.

By the end of the third quarter the men gained a solid lead, but Dalby weren’t going to lose with out a fight.

They came out firing in the fourth quarter, however, the Saints held on to their lead ending the game 82-48.

Mitch Francis was the leading goal kicker for the Saints on three, followed by James Packer who scored two and both Trace brothers, Rob Goodwin, Keegan Wright, Jordan Pressnell and Shaun Pukallus each kicking a goal.

This weekend the Saints’ teams will both play against the Toowoomba Tigers at Rockville Oval on Saturday, July 18.