Saints blitz

By McIvor Times

A SEVEN-GOAL final quarter blitz has propelled Heathcote to a stunning win over finals contender Mt Pleasant in the Heathcote District Football league on Saturday.

Most Saints supporters believed the match against arch-rivals Mt. Pleasant was a real chance for a win, especially after the promising signs against Leitchville-Gunbower the week before.

Mounts kicked with the aid of a strong breeze and started off strongly, running well across the ground.

They had early goals on the board but the Saints were working hard and many of the Mounts name players were struggling to enjoy any freedom.

A late goal to Heathcote saw them reduce the lead and coach Luke Bell would have been happy with restricting Mt. Pleasant to three goals.

Marc Millard and Tom Bourke were in everything in defence and their efforts restricted the Mounts score.

With the aid of the breeze, Heathcote was able to take a small lead into the second half. Skipper Jake Condon was at his bustling best and speedsters Darcy McLean and Jack Paisley were proving a handful for their opponents.

Despite taking a small lead into the long break the Saints were still not in control, with many of their forward moves amounting to little.

The lack of a dominant forward has been a season-long problem, but despite that the forwards and on-ballers were gaining control of the game slowly.

Restricting Mt. Pleasant to three goals with the wind the Saints went into the three quarter time huddle level.

In their previous encounter the team allowed Mounts to pull away but in a tremendous term of football the Saints outplayed the home team.