Saints rise over Tigers to book decider spot

ST Mary’s complete the line up for this year’s NTFLW Grand Final, after they defeated Nightcliff to set up another match up with PINT.

The Saints were dominant in forward 50 time and really restricted the Tigers’ ability to score, which helped them to go on to win 7.13.55 to 1.2.8.

St Mary’s did not take long to get the scoring going, with Billie Byers slotting one truly only a minute and a half into the first term.

The Saints continued to keep the attacking pressure going early, with the Tigers really struggling to get the ball out of their defensive 50. However, despite the Saints’ dominance in forward 50 time, they were struggling to make it count on the scoreboard, with plenty of behinds and not many goals on the board.

Nightcliff could not record an inside 50 all quarter, but thanks to St Mary’s inaccuracy the margin was only 12 points at the first change.

Nightcliff did actually get some inside 50s early in the second term, but unfortunately for the Tigers that forward 50 time was not resulting in score. The Tigers were only able to record one behind to show for all that forward 50 time before Byers and Saints then made them pay up the other end with their second major.

Ally Trigg made it a second St Mary’s goal for the term only a few minutes later, and the Saints were really starting to stake their claim on the game.

Byers was running rampant for the Saints, getting plenty of touches and setting up several scoring opportunities alongside scoring some majors of her own.

St Mary’s kicked one final goal in the term through Kaitlyn Armstrong, and things were starting to repeat themselves from the first quarter, but this time around the Saints were more accurate.

Scoring slowed in the second half as the defensive pressure rose and lean possessions became harder to come by.

Nightcliff got plenty of inside 50 time early in the second half, but like earlier in the game could not get some reward for effort. St Mary’s then made it pay with a snap converted from Danielle Ponter minutes later. Armstrong added a second alter in the term before the Tigers finally got a major on the board through Teagan Mcwilliam.

However, that joy was short lived for the Tigers as that proved to be their only goal for the match and the Saints were not done scoring as Ponter added one more goal to the tally in the final term.

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