Maitland Saints escape Muswellbrook carnival unscathed

Maitland Saints face Sydney team the Penrith Rams this Saturday in their final trial before the start of the Black Diamond AFL season.

Former Saints best and fairest Cameron Mitchell's form in the heat at the Muswellbrook carnival impressed new Saints coach Dave Moore.

Former Saints best and fairest Cameron Mitchell's form in the heat at the Muswellbrook carnival impressed new Saints coach Dave Moore.

The Saints travelled to Muswellbrook last weekend for the annual carnival and came away with two wins and two losses.

Saints coach Dave Moore said it was difficult to gauge too much from the games as several leading players were unavailable and temperatures nudged 40 degrees.

“We got to see players in different roles and it was my first chance to see some of them in a competitive game.

“I was impressed by Cameron Mitchell, Mitch Greaves and Aiden and Luke Damico.”

Moore said the Saints will be strengthened with the inclusion of BDAFL rep players Wade Beard, Jimmy Taranton and Patrick McMahon when they travel to Penrith.