Despite a shattering 46-point qualifying final loss, Trentham will be confident of a great showing against Harcourt this Sunday.
After an impressive two-loss home and away season and win over Natte Bealiba back in round nine, the Saints headed into last weekend’s qualifying final with an air of confidence.
A four-point lead over the Swans at half time last Saturday would’ve encouraged this confidence further, but a shocking second half knocked the Saints for six and saw them concede a massive 46 points in the third term alone.
This massive haul from last year’s premiership runners up was too brutal to recover from and saw them take the win and a ticket straight into preliminary finals next week.
Luckily, Trentham’s second place finish on the ladder gifted it a second chance and it is unlikely to waste that this weekend against Harcourt.
The Lions head into battle with Trentham off the back of a confident elimination final win over Talbot.
Much the same as Natte did to Trentham, Harcourt only kicked into gear in the third quarter, outscoring the Hawks 66-18 in the last half of the game and running out as clear 69-point winners.
Trentham head in to the semi final clash with a better track record, but Harcourt’s not a side to be underestimated and should be taken very seriously this Sunday.
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