Redbacks rocket into sixth grand final

Trenthamʼs Riley Matricardi weaves through heavy Carisbrook traffic during the Saintsʼ heartbreaking loss to the reigning premiers on Saturday.

Carisbrook has done it again, seeing itself into its sixth premiership match in a row with an eventual 51-point win over Trentham thanks to a powerful third quarter surge.

Carisbrook took an early lead, kicking 3.6 (24) to Trentham’s 1.2 (8) in the opening quarter of Saturday’s match.

The ball was elusive with the Saints’ forwards not seeing it until over half way through the quarter when Josh Murphy put them on the board at the 16 minute mark, all the while Brook battled with the wind to put the ball up consistently albeit inaccurately.

The Saints held their own in the second, keeping Carisbrook completely scoreless for the whole quarter while taking four shots at goal.

Unfortunately for the Trentham faithful, just one of those shots was successful and came as a result of a free kick and saw Brook still in front at the major break.

This was a wasted opportunity for Trentham, which needed to put some distance between itself and the Redbacks ahead of the dreaded third quarter.

This is where it all went wrong for the Saints during their home and away meeting with Brook as well, with the Redbacks kicking four goals in the third term to take a solid lead and run away with the game.

For more on this story see Page 22 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, September 10


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