Harcourt’s finals campaign has finished on a low note, with the Lions knocked out of grand final contention by a dominant Trentham side.
The Saints endured inclement weather with finesse on Sunday, leading Harcourt all day long to take a solid 38-point semi final win over a strong opponent.
Harcourt started its day with one goal and one behind to trail the Saints by just seven points at quarter time.
An intense second quarter saw Harcourt kick 3.2 (20) to Trentham’s superior 4.2 (26), to see the Saints lead 6.4 (40) to 4.3 (27) at the major break.
The Saints claimed the third term as their own, outscoring the Lions 14 to eight and in turn extending their margin to 16 points with just one quarter left to go.
While Harcourt put up 1.2 in the fourth, consistent with the quarters before, the Saints put the cue in the rack with a four goal final term to secure the win more comfortably than expected after a subdued start.
After a cracking 10-win season, the Lions have now hung up the jumper until 2020 with the loss.
Sam Kerr kicked three majors in Harcourt’s final game of the year, doubling his entire season total in one match.
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