Saints women just get over Muddies
ONE goal separated BITS Saints and Muddies when the final siren went at Boyne on Saturday evening.
A more confident Muddies side took to the field than the outfit soundly thrashed last year by the Saints and this showed in the way they attacked the ball and weren’t intimidated by last year’s premiers. A focus on foot skills at Muddies training has seen them improve this aspect of their game this year.
The match was a physical affair but played in a good spirit and the Saints class and ability to produce shots at goal was probably the difference in the end.
Full forward Bianca Box got the home team ahead with a couple of quick goals in the first quarter after Muddies kicked the first major, and the game turned into an old fashioned arm wrestle.
Muddies had trouble containing Saints midfield gun Megan Hunt, who did plenty of damage in the middle of the field.
Saints coach Nathan Shippard said considering the match was the first real hitout for both teams the standard was very high.
“Our girls played very well; they were running the ball, getting numbers to the contest and helping each other out,” Shippard said.
Shippard said the players were moving the ball on quickly by hand or foot and
“Muddies look like they’re going to have a good side and it’ll be pretty competitive amongst us,” he said.
Muddies coach Darryl Eilola was very proud of his side and told them they should hold their heads high after the match for the manner in which they gave their all.
Saints best players were Sarena Keleher, Megan Hunt, Hayley Beaumont and cente half-back Ricci Lee.
For Muddies, Emma Aeschlimann in the ruck did an exceptional job, Gillan Ashe at half forward was a constructive player in the attacking half of the ground and full forward Sam Coles, who delivered some special goals for the team.
BITS Saints 5.7 def Muddies 5.1