BIG TEST: The Saints men's side will travel to Goondiwindi on Saturday to take on the Hawks.
BIG TEST: The Saints men's side will travel to Goondiwindi on Saturday to take on the Hawks. Reanna Fenton

Saints ready for challenge

AUSSIE RULES: The South Burnett Saints men's side have a big challenge ahead this weekend as they travel to Goondiwindi to take on the Hawks.

It is the furthest distance the Saints, who regularly play in Toowoomba, have to travel play during the season.

Coach of the Saints, Paul Pressnell, said playing the Hawks at home presents an extra challenge.

"It is the longest road trip we have and we are always flat when we get there,” he said.

"Goondiwindi is a very good side especially at home and it will be a tough game.”

Both sides secured wins last week with the Saints winning 17.15(117) over the Highfields Lions and the Hawks dominating against the Dalby Swans to take a 208 point win.

The Saints are sitting in third place on the ladder after seven rounds of the 16 round regular season.

Although Pressnell said the team have struggled to find momentum this season with the Saints game against Dalby in round three abandoned at half time due to an injury to a Dalby player, Chinchilla forfeiting in round five followed by a bye for the team in round six.

"It has been hard to get momentum and motivated,” Pressnell said.

Despite this, Pressnell said the Toowoomba Tigers and the Highfields have improved on last year and it is shaping up to be a strong competition for season honours.

"We are playing a different brand of footy this season and our mid field are doing a lot more and playing really well,” he said.

"We need improvement because the last few games we have been starting flat because we haven't been playing but our second half is a lot better than the first.

"We want to see how we are travelling and start getting games every week to get momentum and the way we are playing we will play finals.”

The Lady Saints travelled to Toowoomba on Saturday to take on the Tigers and were defeated 105 points to one.

The team have a bye this weekend and will be looking forward to a strong performance at home on June 23 against the South Toowoomba Bombers.

Junior players will have their chance to play aussie rules in the South Burnett this Friday night with the start of a new competition for five to 11-year-olds at Lyle Vidler Oval.

The competition is open to players who are looking to have a kick for the first time and those who have played before with the juniors to play modified games of footy and learn new skills in a fun environment.

The competition will start at 6pm and will be run by the South Burnett Saints with the guidance of AFL Darling Downs.

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