WITH just four first pick players in the Toowoomba Tigers' ranks they made "history" after they beat the South Burnett Saints' women 15.10.100-4.4.28.
Tigers' coach Neville Jericho said the game was a highlight for the 2015 Darling Downs flag winners after his team showed great tenacity on the field to lead the game from start to finish.
"I would put it down as one of our best wins in history," Jericho said.
Jericho said the team he fielded on Saturday at Lyle Vidler Oval in Kingaroy was one of the least experienced teams he had fielded.
A dominant performance by the Tigers had them run away with a 9.6.60-0.0.0 lead at half-time which they only continued to build on as the game progressed.
At the end of the game, the Tigers ran away with a 72-point victory but Jericho said the Tigers had to work hard for the win.
"Their run in the first half, they just kept running and running," he said.
Jericho also spoke highly of the efforts put in by the South Burnett Saints' women and noted them a threat as the season played out.
"The South Burnett kept on going, I'm very proud of the South Burnett," he said.
"I think the South Burnett will do very good against the other teams and I think if they improve they could be finalists."
Jericho said the Tigers needed to clamp down on their mistakes with disposals and hand balls after he noted a number of his players were penalised for throwing the ball ahead of their game against the Dalby Swans - a rematch of last year's grand final.
Saints women's coach Adam Bowater said there were plenty of positives in the game against last year's premiers to take into the game against Lockyer Valley on Saturday.
"Our girls picked up the intensity," Bowater said.
After a scoreless first half the Saints women scored four majors in the second, the first points the Tigers had conceded in this year's season, Bowater said.
"Even though the Tigers didn't have its strongest team, our girls improved throughout the game," he said.
"Our kicking under pressure was excellent."
Bowater said the Saints women sharpened their awareness on the field as the game wore on and were able to dispose of the ball effectively to stay in possession.
He said this would only improve as the Saints women played more games.
"The hardest thing for our team, we're short on experience," he said.
"The only way to get experience is to play more games."
The Saints will play Lockyer Valley Demons away at Cahill Park, Gatton, on Saturday.
Bowater said the Demons were an unknown quantity after they combined with Highfields and Uni.
Although, he said, the Saints should head into the game confidently after they beat the Demons twice last season.
Saints' men win three from three
SOUTH Burnett Saints men's players showed they were a team to be reckoned with in the combined AFL Darling Downs competition after they beat last year's first division team Toowoomba Tigers.
The Saints capitalised on their home ground advantage to trump the Tigers 17.8.110-12.14.86 at Kingaroy's Lyle Vidler Oval.
Saints' coach Paul Pressnell said the game was a "hard contest" which enabled his team to test their mettle against high calibre teams.
Pressnell said the Saints capitalised on their speed to leave many Tigers players sprawled on the turf with cramps towards the end of the game.
"We like the long running game. That was the plan," Pressnell said.
While the game plan paid off for the Saints, Pressnell said they needed to improve on their decision-making on the field.
"Because they haven't been under that sort of pressure for a while, our decisions were pretty rushed," he said.
Pressnell said the Saints should take the win against the Lockyer Valley Demons on Saturday but would be tested again the week after when they played the Coolaroo Roos.
Tigers' coach Nick Talbot said he was caught off guard as the last time he had played against the Saints was in 2013.
"To be honest they've improved a lot," Talbot said.
"Just the way the Saints play, it's easy to see how they won the division two premiership last year," Talbot said.
Talbot said the Saints were strong in the air to take the majority of marks while the Tigers were better on the ground.
He said this opposite use of the ball made for "some exciting footy".