Maitland Saints women qualify for finals for first time

GUN: Sarah Burns gets her kick in despite pressure from a Singleton opponent. Burns kicked four of Maitland seven goals in the 41-point win against the Roosters. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

GUN: Sarah Burns gets her kick in despite pressure from a Singleton opponent. Burns kicked four of Maitland seven goals in the 41-point win against the Roosters. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

The Maitland Saints women's team make their finals debut this weekend at Max McMahon Oval. 

The Saints play Wyong Lakes in the late game starting at 3.15pm and the club has urged a big crowd to come along and support the team.

Max McMahon hosts the two BDAFL Women’s and two BDAFL reserves grade elimination finals on Saturday with action starting from 9.15am

The Saints finished fourth on the ladder and play the fifth placed Magpies for a chance to advance to a preliminary final against Newcastle City. The winner of that game goes into the grand final.

On the other side of the draw Gosford plays Killarney Vale at 1.15pm, with the winner to play Nelson Bay in the second preliminary final the week after.

In the reserve elimination finals Terrigal Avoca plays Nelson Bay at 9.15am and Warners Bay takes on Killarney Vale at 1.15pm. 

The Saints women tuned up for the first round of the finals with a 41-point win against Singleton at Max McMahon on Saturday..

Sarah Burns was best afield yet again, booting four goals in tricky conditions. 

Meagan Casserly kicked two goals and Krystal Davis got the other as Maitland posted 7-6.48 to Singleton’s 1.1-7.

Maitland set up the win with a five-goal first quarter with the wind.

Singleton remained without a goal until late in the final term but they battled hard through to the end keeping Maitland goalless in the second term and restricting them to just one goal with the wind in the third.

The Saints best were Burns, Amanda Smith, Jodie Eagar, Jade Bassett, Jacqui Dudgeon and Claire Gaspersic.

The Maitland Saints senior side will need to regroup after losing their third game in a row to Singleton Roosters.

The Roosters maintained their mastery over the Saints dating back to the 2016 Black Diamond Division 1 grand final which they won in blustery conditions by 27 points.

Once again the Saints struggled in strong winds and went down ironically by the same margin from the grand final in Saturday’s game at Max McMahon Oval.

The loss will almost certainly hand the minor premiership to Wyong Lakes who play Newcastle City on Saturday, while the Saints have the bye.

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