Four Maitland Saints players have been named in BDAFL representative teams to play AFL Sydney at Killarney Vale on Saturday.
Saints senior men’s captain Wade Beard and Pat McMahon have been named in the BDAFL men’s team and Sarah Burns and Sarah James have been rewarded for strong seasons with spots in the women’s team.
Former Saints junior Conor Haswell, who plays Black Diamond Cup with Newcastle City Blues, was also named.
The BDAFL Cup and GE BDAFL women’s competitions have byes to coincide with the representative round, however the BDAFL Plate and reserves competition both have games.
Maitland hosts Gosford in seniors and reserves on the weekend and will need to be at their best without Beard and McMahon.
Maitland has built depth in the off-season but Gosford poses a threat as they sit at the head of a chasing pack of the top three – Singleton, Maitland and Wyong Lakes.
The Saints reasserted their credentials as a top-two team after defeating the previously unbeaten Wyong Lakes by 19 points on Saturday.
It was a big day for the Saints with all three teams securing victories on the long road-trip to Wyong.
Maitland produced a solid four-quarter performance to defeat Wyong Lakes by 29 points in the GE BDAFL Women’s game and the reserves moved into the top five with an 18-point win.
The Saints seniors stole the march on the Magpies with a four-goal to one third term to lead by 17 points after only a point had separated the two teams in the first two quarters.
It was an equally tight last term with Maitland increasing their lead by two points.
Wade Bear kicked four goals to take his season tally to 17 to sit second on the goal-kicking table.
Pat McMahon continued his great recent form in front of goals to kick three and Luke Damico bagged two.