Mt Roskill Saints eye Auckland AFL title

The Mt Roskill Saints will be out to restore lost pride when the Auckland Aussie Football League (AFL) premiership semifinals start next month.


The Ryf Quail-coached side have won the premiership three times, the last time in 2012.

Last year, they managed to make the final four, but were ousted by defending premiers University Blues.

Quail says they have some players from the 2012 still with the team and they are desperate to win again.

“This group really have the desire to win it together,” he says.

“We have a very even team across the park who are committed to the cause.”

The Saints have a good chance of success. This year, they will finish second in the competition rounds having defeated defending premiers University, and finalists North Shore.

They’ve only lost to Waitakere Magpies – the team to beat in the competition.

“We were very pleased to beat University at their home ground. It gave our guys a lot of belief that we could match it with the reigning premiers.

“Any team can win [the premiership]. We just need to stick to our plan.

Waitakere has been the benchmark team this year.

With one round remaining, the Saints face a mammoth task hosting University this weekend. The result will determine their semifinal fixtures.

“Our plan is to continue to build on our game structures so that we can deliver with confidence come finals time

“Our strengths this year has been the discipline to learn and stick to game plans. We are playing much better as a team rather than a group of individuals.

“We have some very good players but the way the group plays together is our strength.”



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