Saints seize season start with stellar opener
SOUTH Burnett's Saints will march on to the second round with a wave of confidence after they dismantled the Highfields Lions.
The Saints were sharp right from the onset to force the Lions onto the back foot on Saturday at Kingaroy's Lyle Vidler Oval.
From there the Saints continued their charge to finish the game 25.11.161 - 10.10.70.
This was precisely the start Saints' coach Paul Pressnell was after in a bid to open the season account with a win.
"We had to concentrate on the first five minutes," Pressnell said.
"We hit them pretty hard in the first quarter."
Pressnell said the Saints hard push in the first quarter allowed them to score five or six goals and create a bit of a buffer to enter the second quarter in.
From there the Saints' forward momentum continued at a good pace.
Pressnell said the Lions were a far bigger and stronger team physically but the Saints made up for it with their athleticism.
"They're a bigger side (the Lions), so we had to run around them," he said.
This fast paced play did take it out of the Saints as the game wore on though.
After the half-time break the Lions sprung back to sink a string of goals passed the Saints.
Pressnell said he understood the first game of the season was going to question the Saints' fitness.
But he said they needed to dig deeper on Saturday, when the Saints will play last season's grand finalists Dalby Swans.
Pressnell said his team needed to concentrate more in the second half to minimise defensive errors and to make the most of their offence.
There was a big plus Pressnell was able to take away from the Saints' performance.
"The highlight was just watching the new guys," he said.
Pressnell said the five new players who made their way onto the field gelled well.
Lions' captain Col Stewart was humbled by the 91 point loss in the season opener.
"I thought the Souths (South Burnett Saints) played really well," Stewart said.
Stewart said the Lions suffered the same issue as last season where they made there comeback efforts too late.
"We're very much a second-half team. That was the trouble last season," he said.
Stewart said the Lions would have to change this if they were to progress up the ladder.