Maitland Saints smash Cardiff Hawks by 179 points in one-sided BDAFL encounter

BIG BAG: Maitland Saints forward Wade Beard kicked 15 goals in the Saints 179 point victory against Cardiff. Picture: RICK MERRICK
BIG BAG: Maitland Saints forward Wade Beard kicked 15 goals in the Saints 179 point victory against Cardiff. Picture: RICK MERRICK

Maitland Saints star Wade Beard was at his devastating best in front on goal on Saturday kicking 15 goals in the Saints 179 demolition of Cardiff Hawks.

Beard had 20 shots at goal finishing with an impressive 15.5-95 as the Hawks managed to only post 1.3-9 for the match.

The Saints had eight goal kickers contribute to their final tally of 30.8-188, which included a 10-goal last quarter.

The Hawks have been one of the the easy beats of the Black Diamond AFL Division 1, suffering 74-point, 135-point and 154-point losses to Terrigal Avoca, Singleton and Gosford respectively.

The win was an important percentage booster for the Saints, who sit outside the top four on points differential.

They are one of four teams including Gosford, Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca with four wins from five games. Singleton is undefeated and sits on top of the ladder.

Beard is second on the goal kicking table with 28, six behind Singleton full-forward Travis Bates on 34.

While Beard kicked the lion’s share of the goals, the Saints will be pleased with eight players contributing to the score.

Patrick McMahon, who has become a focal point for the Saints taking big marks and crashing packs, kicked four goals. Goal sneak Aiden Damico and Justin Broadley both got three, with last year’s joint best Chris Pedler fairest chiming in with two. 

The Saints are on the road to Lake Macquarie on Saturday, before hosting powerhouse Newcastle City the following week.

An under-manned Maitland Saints Division 2 team was on the wrong end of a thrashing when they travelled to The Entrance Bateau Bay on Saturday.

The Saints had a bare minimum 18 players and had to run out the match without any interchange breaks in their  25.25-175 to 0.1-1 loss.

They have a bye next weekend and will welcome the break to get their numbers up to full strength again

Maitland’s  BDAFL Women’s team had a bye this week. They join the Division 1 team in the first game at Lake Macquarie’s Tulkaba Park on Saturday.

DIVISION 1:

Cardiff 0.2, 0.2, 0.2, 1.3-9

Maitland 5.1, 11.2, 20.6, 30.8-188

MAITLAND: Goal Kickers: W. Beard 15, P. McMahon 4, A. Damico 3, J. Broadley 3, C. Pedler 2,  H. Matheson, G. Lambert, B. Stewart. Best Players: A. Damico, J. Broadley, C. Pedler, P. McMahon, W. Beard, L. Damico

CARDIFF: Goal Kickers: T. Thompson. Best Players: Z. Cross, M. Campbell, C. McKenzie, J. Carraro, C. Jones

DIVISION 2

The Entrance Bateau Bay 8.6, 14.12, 21.15, 25.25-175

Maitland 0.0, 0.0, 0.1, 0.1-1

THE ENTRANCE BATEAU BAY: Goal Kickers: B. Reed 4, C. Reilly 4, M. Besley 3, J. Kidd 3, L. Bensley 3, J. Stephen 2, D. Kennedy 2, R. Gray, J. Cullinan, J. Brown, R. Beames. Best Players: C. Reilly, M. Besley, J. Kidd, B. Reed, R. Gray, D. Wolski

MAITLAND:Best Players: L. Nevin, L. Jones-Mashman, M. O’Connor, M. Greaves, K. Greaves, P. Taylor