Upset gives Saints a finals sniff
An upset victory has drawn the Saints’ 2019 home and away campaign to a close with a finals berth in the offering.
The Saints, who have shown vast improvement from their 2018 campaign, took on the Derby Tigers in round 14 of the WKFL season under the Friday night lights at Father McMahon Oval.
After a Derby bus breakdown en route to Broome the Saints looked to make the most of the advantage after a delay to the first siren.
However, Derby were determined not to let the unforeseen events shake their confidence, bringing the fight to the Saints from the outset.
After a string of behinds for both teams in the windy conditions, Saints’ Giovanni Hunter, Johann Jack, Jack Reagan and Basil Sibosado broke through to boot four majors between them.
Although the Tigers managed goals via Greagan Maher and Ryan Prendergast, the Saints held the lead 4.1 (25) to 2.6 (18) at quarter-time.
The second term was an even contest as Derby looked to make an early comeback with majors from Marcus Numendumah and Zekel Peumorra.
However, Saints would hang on to hold a four-goal advantage thanks to goals from Roy Hester, Darren Howard, Scott McPhee and Philip Sibosado.
After the main break, another Derby comeback attempt was thwarted by the Saints as the Tigers were kept to just two goals and a behind.
Saints extended their lead further with four more goals to lead by 37 points at the final change. In the final term saw the Tigers looked like a new side as they tried desperately to make inroads.
Although their defenders kept the Saints scoreless for the term, their efforts were not enough to topple the Saints, who went on to take the match by three goals.
Macelo Puertollano, Michael Pigram, Basil Sibosado, Wayne Edgar and Jack were among the Saints’ best.
Braydan Skeen McMahon, Gilbert Cox, Numendumah, Jeffrey Maher and Lachlan Chapman stood out for the Tigers.
With a match-up against Towns yet to be played, all eyes will be on the Derby Tigers to see whether they will take Saints’ spot in the finals.
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