Four flags for Saints

The Under 17.5 premiers.

The Under 17.5 premiers.

A grade 2017 premiers.

A grade 2017 premiers.

The four undefeated Trentham sides each managed to complete their perfect seasons with four hard fought victories in Saturday's Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League Grand Finals.

It was a historic day for the club as not only was it the first time the Saints had won four premierships in one season - on top of winning Club of the Year - but also the first time the club had won any silverware on the netball court. None of the teams did it easily. All were down early before working their way back into the game to be in front when it counted.

The U/14.5 footballers started the day off well against Navarre. While behind early, they managed to get their noses in front at quarter time and were never headed as they set up the biggest margin of the day in a dominant team performance. Darcy Matricardi was voted best afield, well supported by Corey Pertzel, Gabe Schembri, Bob Bruton and Sam Evans.

The U/17.5 footballers then took on their bogey side Carisbrook and looked in trouble early as the Brookers kicked three goals to a point in the first term with the aid of the wind and seemed in control. From then on the Saints held them to two points as they kicked a staggering two goals 14 for the rest of the match to win by six points, a real testament to the self-belief instilled in them by coach Dan Lendrec. Zac Kupsch was best for the Saints, with Ryan Bourke, Stefan Lendrec, Riley Matricardi and Tom Boyer also among the votes.

The U/17 netballers took on Rovers and started slowly, to be four goals down at quarter time, before the move of Phoebe Higgins to goal defence, joining fellow defender Tamsyn Dicker, turned the tide, allowing the team to work their way back into the match. They were two goals down at half time, three goals up at three quarter time. The girls had to dig deep in the last quarter with Kasey Evans feeding the ball well into the ring to Hayley Bourke and Elly Rose. They took the game out by four goals in the end with Elly Rose receiving best on court.

The A grade girls then took Rovers in an epic Grand Final played at breakneck speed in front of a massive contingent of Saints supporters. Rovers were on fire early and jumped out to a four goal lead at quarter time. In a similar scenario to the U/17 game, the key move of Tamsyn Dicker to goal keeper changed the match as the Saints ground their way back into the game. They fought back to be one goal down at half time, then one goal up at three quarter time and three goals up at the end. Coach Erin Richardson was awarded best on court, closely followed by Jane O'Donohue, Tamsyn Dicker and Kristy Parks.

* See more photos in tomorrow's Midland Express.

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