Saints to celebrate final home game | Deakin Uni Female Football League

BIG KICK: Ashley Hobbs boots the ball forward for the Saints during the side's win against Horsham in round six. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

BIG KICK: Ashley Hobbs boots the ball forward for the Saints during the side's win against Horsham in round six. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

THE Horsham Saints will look to finish off the first home and away Female Football League season in style on Sunday.

Coach Mat Taylor said it had come around quickly since things kicked off in round one.

“It has probably felt a bit longer for some of the girls though who are not used to the same physicality week in week out,” he said.

“They are still excited about it all though, there are three girls already down at the gym doing stuff at the moment.”

The team comes up against a struggling Old Collegians’ side but needs a good win to secure a spot in the top playoff come July 2.

Only percentage separates the top three sides in the league and the top two will qualify to fight it out in two weeks time on a day of finals at Hamilton.

Hamilton Kangaroos, the Saints and Portland have scored 388, 397 and 391 points respectively.

All three sides have also been miserly on defence conceding between 55 and 77 points.

Any scores the sides leak on Sunday will have a big effect on overall percentage.

“All we can do is go out and win the best we can to give ourselves the best chance,” Taylor said. “The whole team is focused and as much as we take it one week at a time we also have one eye on finals and wanting to win it all. We will control what we can control by putting a good score on the board and playing strong defensively.”

Old Collegians have struggled for numbers at points this season. Taylor said he had talked to the coach and the side could have anywhere between 13 to 18 players.

“We will offer up our players as well because we want a good game of football to celebrate the first season,” he said.

Captain Katie Morris and her vice-captains Tara Jasper and Coco Ledger are expected to lead the team strongly again.

“I think Tara and Coco would have to be close to the best players in the league and they will be hungry to finish strongly,” Taylor said.

I think Tara and Coco would have to be close to the best players in the league. - Mat Taylor - Saints coach

“Katie is a really strong leader that has been working hard to keep bringing the group closer together.”

He also tipped Maggie Caris to have a break-out game and stamp her authority on the side’s final match at Horsham’s Coughlin Park this season.

“I would not be surprised if she kicked a bag of goals on Sunday,” he said.

The side might be without Rene Caris on Sunday. The star ruckman will play for Vic Country in the under-18 championships on Saturday but Taylor is hopeful she will be able to play a part.

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