by callum dick
Australian Football: It was always going to be a tough ask for the South Burnett Saints Women when they hosted the high-flying South Toowoomba Bombers at Lyle Vidler Oval on Saturday.
In an odd fixture decision, the Saints welcomed the Bombers to Kingaroy just a week-on from travelling to play the same side in Toowoomba.
To make things even harder for the Saints, the Bombers welcomed back former junior star and Brisbane Lions-listed player Shaleise Law for the match, who was granted a one-match clearance to play according to the visiting coach.
Despite falling 98-6, Saints captain Greer Shepherd said the scoreboard actually reflected the progress her side was making as the season goes on.
"Despite the final score it was one of our strongest team performances of the year,” Shepherd said.
"Last game against the Bombers they scored 174 points (against us); this game we managed to keep them under (100) points which really demonstrates our improvement.
"The team's defence built in intensity as the game progressed.”
The Saints limited the high-powered South Toowoomba offence to just three goals in the opening term, but fell away somewhat in the second and third quarters to allow the lead to blow out.
Shepherd praised first-gamer Laura Cocks for her performance, and said it was important the Saints continue to work on their ball movement over the next few weeks.
"The next step will be to improve our offensive transition when the ball comes into our possession,” Shepherd said.
"Every player really gave it their all this week.”
The Saints host winless Goondiwindi Hawks on Saturday, in what shapes as a possible second win for the season should the Saints continue their improvement.