DANGER MAN: Saints' Carl Stevenson was a heavily marked man in the Saints v Hawks elimination final in Kingaroy on Saturday.
DANGER MAN: Saints' Carl Stevenson was a heavily marked man in the Saints v Hawks elimination final in Kingaroy on Saturday. Keagan Elder

Saints continue final hope

AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL: A dream finish for the Saints is almost within reach after they overcame last year's division one runners-up Goondiwindi Hawks.

In a dogged battle the Saints emerged eventual victors with a final score of 17.7.109-15.7.97 and earn a place in the semi-finals to play Coolaroo.

Saints' coach Paul Pressnell pointed out the play by the South Burnett side could be enough to make it through to the grand final.

In the do or die elimination final, Pressnell said the Saints played to the pressurised conditions.

Pressnell said it would be even more important the Saints match the intensity in the next round.

"If the boys play with the same intensity there's no reason (the Saints can't beat Coolaroo),” he said.

On Saturday the Saints traded goals in the opening quarter with the Hawks at Kingaroy's Lyle Vidler Oval.

At the end of the first quarter the Saints held a single point lead (3.2.10-3.1.19) but built a more stable lead in the following three quarters.

"Just the boys wanted to win,” Pressnell said.

But the Hawks, which finished fifth on the ladder just below the Saints, never let the home side build too big a lead.

It was a game which very much lived up the finals hype.

For the Saints to get past the semi-final and hopefully the grand final, Pressnell said his side needed to sharpen their decision making and communication on the oval.

The Saints play Coolaroo on Saturday at Toowoomba's Gold Park at 2pm.