The first semi final was a repeat of round 10. The 1v4 final was between Uni (top of the table) and Mt Roskill (4th). We went in the underdogs but we were hopeful of a repeat of last week's third quarter where we stopped their run and took control. Unfortunately with a few key players unavailable and some early injuries, combined with a very strong crosswind our kicking strategy didn't hold up as well as their running one did.
Best around the ground were Tim Hollingsworth in the backline who was constantly rebounding the attacks, Sam McKenzie, Patrick Gibbs and Jesse Baty all had standout games.
We've got a great new coach this year, Ryf Quail, and he's signed on with us again next year, so 2015 has very much been about building the club up and getting a strong foundation in place. The top teams are all very close in the AAFL and next year we'll be looking to regain our place at the top again.
After the week off we came out all cylinders firing against North Shore. Up by 40-odd points at half time all we had to do was keep our foot down. The wheels well and truly fell off though in the second half, three 50m penalties resulted in easy goals for them and we gave it away to lose by a point in the dying seconds of the game.
Round 5 was a close fought win for the Saints over the Raiders at May Rd. Perfect weather set the scene and the final score had the Saints up by only 2 points!
Thanks to Josh, Jonno and Paddy for helping out with the Saints table at the Puketepapa Sports Expo in the morning too - we had a few footies as prizes and got a few new recruits.
Terrible weather on the weekend made for a scrappy Round 4. The Saints battled hard and made up for a poor first quarter - only a few points in it at the start of the fourth quarter. But the Magpies were able to finish strongly and take the game.
Round 3 against the North Shore Tigers saw the Saints string together some fantastic plays through the ground. Unfortunately still struggling a bit with the accuracy in front of goal - something Coach Quail will be looking to address this week.
Pre-season is now underway at May Road, see the training section below for more details.
We've been having a few kickarounds at May Road from 10:30am on Sundays. Nothing crazy, come down if you want.
Club AGM on Sunday June 21st. We'll have a kick from 10:00am then have the meeting at 12 in the Softball club rooms, where they'll open the bar and also be serving food.
Welcome to the Mount Roskill Saints Australian Rules Football Club. We are based in central Auckland and compete in the AAFL (Auckland Australian Football League).
We are always looking for new players of all levels of experience. We provide full coaching and a fun environment to keep fit, and play an exciting fast paced team sport.
If this sounds like you, then contact us or even just show up at our next training session.
The Saints Award Night will be held from 6pm at Freeman & Grey in Ponsonby this Sunday, November 29th.
Starting next year in February and going through until April, the AFLNZ Premiership will be a new high performance league in 2016.
The Saints have a number of Category 1 (Auckland Senior) players entered in the draft. Club Captain Michael Boyce has also been announced as captain of the Southern Saints team in the competition.
Around June 2016 we will be starting pre-season - getting the fitness in and working on ball skills and field positions. Initial sessions will be kickarounds before the proper season starts.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list for the latest announcements.
Saints 3.5 (23) def by Blues 13.8 (86)
Saints 7.3 (45) def by Blues 13.13 (91)
Saints 13.11 (89) def Raiders 12.4 (76)
Saints 7.3 (45) def by Magpies 13.11 (89)
Saints 17.8 (110) def Panthers 4.4 (28)
Saints 9.9 (63) def by Tigers 10.4 (64)
Saints 7.10 (52) def Raiders 8.2 (50)
Saints 7.5 (47) def by Magpies 8.15 (63)
Saints 7.10 (52) def by Tigers 11.10 (76)
Saints 1.4 (10) def by Blues 8.7 (55)