The Kempsey Saints womens’ team will contest their first grand final in five years after defeating local rivals the Kempsey Hornets 4-2 on the weekend.
However, the Saints’ two premier grades will have to wait until season 2017 for another shot at premiership glory, after both teams lost their elimination semi final matches against Taree.
First grade went down 2-0 in a tough match against the Wildcats, with premier coach Jason Fisher saying that the Saints team opened the match with “some of their best footy of the season”.
“We just struggled to get the ball in the back of the net, we could have been up 3-0 in the first 20 minutes,” coach Fisher said, ruing the Saints’ failure to convert pressure into points.
Reserves went down 1-0 in an aggressive clash that saw injury stoppages cut playing time drastically.
Fisher said he was “happy with how the boys played” but an inability to make the most of a strong wind saw the Saints miss several opportunities at goal.
The Northern Men’s League Saints lost to Wauchope 1-0, but a controversy over an unlisted Wauchope player could see the Saints claim a grand final spot by default. Kevin Sinclair of the Saints said the club is expecting a result on the matter from Mid North Coast Football on Wednesday or Thursday. See Friday’s Argus for more coverage on Saints’ women’s and men's sides.