Saints fall short of finals
AUSSIE RULES: The South Burnett Saints have finished the home and away season as they started it in April with a win on their home ground.
On Saturday the Saints scored a 20.23.143 to 9.4.58 over the Highfield Lions.
The South Burnett team have finished on top in their last three games against the Tigers, Coolaroo and Dalby.
The team sit in forth overall, drawn on points with the Warwick Redbacks although the Saints will not advance to the finals this weekend missing based on percentage.
It is the first time the Saints have missed the finals since they have played in the division one Darling Downs competition.
Coach of the Saints, Paul Pressnell said the team are understandably disappointed to not contest the finals this season.
"Even though we have been playing good footy we miss pout on the finals and everyone is pretty disappointed,” Pressnell said.
The Saints scored nine wins and were defeated four times in the 16 round competition.
Three players took the field in every game for the Saints this year making it difficult for the team to be consistent and develop their game with BYE's adding to the challenge.
Pressnell said not having the numbers to field their best side each week was the teams downfall.
"The four games we did lose the player availability wasn't there and we were going in under strength and with low numbers,” he said.
"When all the players are together we have a fantastic side.
"Overall the boys play a good brand of footy when they are all together.”
Pressnell praised the performances of Joe Amery and Nathan Trace for their stellar seasons this year.
Amery scored the third most goals in the Darling Downs competition this year with 54 goals to his name.
The future of the club is looking bright as well with the likes of Keagan Wright and Matthew Patroni proving themselves on the field.
"Both of them had fantastic and they are great little footballers,” Pressnell said.
In addition to having young players on the field the club have been developing South Burnett's junior talent at their Friday night competition.
The competition saw kids from five to 11 years-old playing under lights at Lyle Vidler Oval over eight one hour sessions.
President of the club, Daniel Clacy, said this is a great sign for the future of the club.
"It was a quick season this year we have already started building for next year and the potential of a junior team,” he said.
Pressnell said the whole team need to step up if they expect to contest finals next season.
"Everyone has got to show more commitment so we don't let ourselves down,” he said.
"We have gotta learn from this year and have more commitment to get numbers when we travel.”
Warwick will contest the finals alongside the South Toowoomba Bombers, Goodiwindi Hawks and USQ Cougars.
Presnell backs the Hawks to take out the competition, after the Goondiwindi fell short last year.
"They are easily the best team we have played all year and they have been together for a number of years,” Pressnall said.