For much of their Round Four contest against Fremantle, the Saints looked likely winners before succumbing in the final moments by the barest possible margin. Despite the painful result, there were still a number of moments worth celebrating.
Fierce Tackling and One Percenters
The Saints commitment to their task was evident in their fierce tackling. Rosie Dillon led the category with seven tackles but it was efforts from Georgia Patrikios and Cat Phillips that made our Magic Moments for Round Four. This determination was also exhibited in some exceptional One-Percenters. Nat Exon and Clara Fitzpatrick with the most memorable. Exon’s strong pair of efforts saw her deliver a heavy bump before getting a hand to the loose ball and tapping it to her teammates advantage. Fitzpatrick’s desperation even more spectacular, with the 29-year-old Irish woman preventing a goal-scoring opportunity with a remarkable chase of a runaway Docker.
The backline functioned well in the face of the Dockers late surge, the intercept marking of the defenders a prominent feature of the second half. Molly McDonald, Clara Fitzpatrick, and Alison Brown completing the most spectacular. Fitzpatrick and Brown intervening on the last line of defence while McDonald needed to run with the flight of the ball to complete hers.
Taking the Game on
When the game was in the balance in the middle stages of the game it was the Saints who took the game on. This spirit was best illustrated with a number of slingshot efforts that saw the likes of Hannah Priest, Caitlin Greiser, Olivia Veseley and Kate Shierlaw turning defence into attack with their dare and run.
Hitting the Scoreboard
Then there were the goals. Olivia Veseley kicked her first AFLW goal, having been on hand to capitalise on Kate McCarthy‘s loose ball get. Caitlin Greiser kicked an opportunistic goal to open the scoring in the second half. The ball landing at the Saints forwards feet directly from the first bounce of the third quarter. Molly McDonald kicked the Saints seven points clear in the last quarter from a sharp chance at the South Road end.