BEST ON GROUND: Saints player Kiara Wright receives the Bulldogs spirit medal from Jason Akermanis.
BEST ON GROUND: Saints player Kiara Wright receives the Bulldogs spirit medal from Jason Akermanis. Matt Collins

Saints show fight at heritage round

AUSSIE RULES: When the South Burnett Saints took to Lyle Vidler Oval on Saturday, the community was there to celebrate the team's achievements and the history of the club at their annual heritage round.

This included Brisbane Lions legend and multiple Brownlow medallist Jason Akermanis.

Vice president Daniel Clacy said it was great to see people get behind the club.

"Because I have been there since the Saints started I really enjoy having people come back and still enjoy the club,” he said.

With record sales in the canteen, the Saints were pleased with the support but were unable to get the better of their opposition on the scoreboard.

The women's team were defeated by four time premiers the Toowoomba Tigers 25.10.160 to 0.1.1 while the men's team went down to the Warwick Redbacks 16.11.107 to 6.12.48.

Women's co-coach and club president Andrew Foley said he was impressed by the fight the women showed with no one giving up or dropping their heads.

"They beat us in the execution of skills but there nothing wrong with our intensity and now we have got to convert our effort into points,” he said.

Jason Akermanis prepares for the coin toss in the men's game between SB Saints and the Warwick Redbacks.
Jason Akermanis prepares for the coin toss in the men's game between SB Saints and the Warwick Redbacks. Matt Collins

Despite the result Clacy said the men's team showed positive signs for weeks to come playing high intensity football but were unable to capitalise on the effort.

"We just didn't kick straight even Akermanis said if we could kick straight we would have won,” he said.

Kiara Wright and Jarryd Hill were awarded Bulldogs spirit medals as the best South Burnett players on ground in honour of the former Kingaroy Bulldogs.

The Saints are looking for players for their men's and women's teams this season with Clacy encouraging all interested to try out training on Tuesday and Thursday at 5.30pm.

"We are very family orientated all there for the same reason of fun and fitness,” he said.