Saints coach Paul Pressnell says his squad has already started to plan for next season.
Saints coach Paul Pressnell says his squad has already started to plan for next season.

Saints vow to improve fitness for next season

AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL: The South Burnett Saints may be out of the AFL Darling Down Pickfords Cup but they are certainly not down.

Saints coach Paul Pressnell said his squad had already started to plan for next season, even though they were knocked out of the competition by Coolaroo in the grand final with a final score of 23.12.150-10.7.67.

"The boys are pretty keen to start straight away,” he said.

Pressnell hinted the Saints may start pre-season training as early as December in a bid to increase their fitness and strengthen their flag winning chance in the 2017 season.

"We've showed in patches we could match the intensity,” he said.

"We just have to get a little fitter.”

Pressnell said the Saints bettered Coolaroo's performance in the first quarter but could not sustain the high intensity for the full duration of the game, which ultimately proved the divide between the two sides.

Coolaroo, which finished as last year's division one premiers, took the game away from the Saints after the first quarter.

But Pressnell said the Saints proved they were more than capable of mixing with the stronger teams after they finished the normal season fourth on the ladder.

"If we played to our potential we could match some of these teams,” he said.

Pressnell said he was proud of his team's efforts.

"This season, I'm proud of the blokes because we just wanted to be competitive.”