Saints marching on towards the finals
WITH a top-two position all sewn up, Sawtell/Toormina is looking at ensuring it has its best 22 players ready for the team's first final.
Having lost the past two grand finals after being in winning positions in both matches, Saints coach Jim Angel wants to ensure his team is in peak condition when the business end of the season comes around.
"We've got a couple having a rest with some little niggles this week but we'll start to emphasise the need to be in good nick at training next week," Angel said.
"Once all of the players are back, we'll be right from there with a couple of good hitouts against the Swans and Grafton to come to finish the season."
One problem Angel doesn't have is form.
The Saints blew Port Macquarie off the park early last week, which had the coach wondering at one stage what he was going to say to his players during the breaks.
In an impressive display, Sawtell/Toormina kicked seven unanswered goals in the opening term last week.
Angel said he would like more of the same in coming matches.
"The first quarter down there at Port was the best that we've played all year," he said.
"I walked off at quarter-time and thought, 'We're not going to top that. That was absolutely brilliant'."
Without having a defeatist attitude, if Camden Haven did lose today, it would want to ensure minimal damage is done on the scoreboard because percentages could decide who finishes inside and outside the final four.