Heavy wind and rain proves a pain for Suns
FORMER Kingaroy Bulldogs player Andrew Foley was impressed at how the current South Burnett Saints held up at the weekend.
Now living in Toowoomba, Foley still feels he has strong ties with the South Burnett Australian rules football club and tries to watch as many home games as possible.
The heritage day clash against the Chinchilla Suns at Kingaroy's Lyle Vidler on Saturday afternoon was well worth Foley's time, with the Saints breaking their losing streak.
After a close fought first quarter, the Saints stepped it up and looked unstoppable to take out the game 25.13.163-6.5.41 in the eighth round of the competition.
After losing three games straight, the win against the Suns came as a relief.
Both the Saints and Suns entered the AFL Darling Downs competition in 2013 when the competition was combined like it is this season.
Foley disagrees with this format and would prefer to have a divisional competition which he put in place when he was AFL Darling Downs president.
"By having divisions we increased the number of teams," he said.
Foley said the introduction of the second division also allowed for the development of new clubs like the Saints.
He became the competition president the year after the Saints entered the competition in 2013.
After a lowly ninth place finish in the combined division that year, the Saints had come a long way since and won the second division premiership last year.
Now the Saints are pooled alongside former division one teams from last season and have shown vast improvement.
Foley said the current Saints team were almost within reach of being a premiership winning team.
"They're probably about three boys out from making a premiership winning team," he said.
Foley played 10 years for the Bulldogs since 1988, after he joined the club seven years after its founding.
Saints back to winning ways
THE 122 point thrashing win came just at the right time for the Saints, who face two weeks off as a result of byes.
Man of the match Adam Bowater, driven by both the heritage day and impending weeks off, returned to the field in dramatic fashion after an ankle injury.
Bowater switched from a midfield position to a forward which had him score five majors.
Even the wet and windy conditions did little to slow the ex-Melbourne player.
"With those conditions, coming from Melbourne you're playing in those conditions quite regularly," he said.
Bowater said he actually preferred the wet conditions on Saturday as the ball had a truer bounce and was easier to handle.
Ty Snow also rejoined the Saints ranks, after a number of weeks off, to further strengthen the home side.
South Burnett Saints def Chinchilla Suns 25.13.163-6.5.41
- Carl Stevenson: 7
- Adam Bowater: 5
- Ty Snow: 4
- Paul Judge: 3
- Scott Ingram: 1
- Keiran Snow: 1
- Daniel Clacy: 1
- Matt Patroni: 1
- Nick Krauksts: 1
- Daniel Braxton: 1