Slow starting Saints finish with flourish
Australian Football: A six-goal to one third quarter helped the South Burnett Saints to a comfortable 114-69 win over the Toowoomba Tigers at Lyle Vidler Oval on Saturday.
For perhaps the first time this season the Saints entered the contest as favourites, but appeared to struggle with that tag in the opening term.
The Tigers - who sit last on the AFL Darling Downs ladder - needed a win to keep their season alive, and threw everything at their hosts from the opening bounce.
Saints president Daniel Clacy said his side were lucky the Tigers did not capitalise on their chances early in the contest.
"They could have definitely been (in front at quarter time), I think we started a bit scrappy,” Clacy said.
"Maybe we were under the impression it would be a white wash, I don't know. They came out firing, and we were just lucky a few of their opportunities didn't stick.”
The Saints had a staggering 12 scoring shots to four in the second quarter to keep the Tigers in with a chance down by just 28 points at half time.
"We didn't really capitalise either, we had plenty of set shots inside 50 but we rushed things a little,” Clacy said.
"In the third quarter we really started playing our style of football. I think the nerves had settled by then, we started to slow it down and that's when things started to pay off.”
Joseph Amery looked to have brought his own footy on Saturday, such was his influence through the middle for the Saints.
Up forward, Mitchell Francis and Jordan Pressnell were their usual imposing selves, finishing with five and four goals respectively.
The win pushed the Saints into outright third on the AFLDD ladder, sitting at three wins and three losses.
Next up is a date with 2016 runners-up South Toowoomba Bombers at Heritage Oval on Saturday. The Saints were well-beaten by the Bombers in round three, but with increased confidence and a larger travelling squad expectations of an upset win will be high.