Saints survive late scare to win Wellington Premiership

The Wellington City Saints have held off a late fightback from the Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs to take out the 2018 Wellington AFL Premiership on Sunday afternoon at Hutt Park. 

 

It may have been the third consecutive Grand Final match-up between the Bulldogs and the Saints but it was anything but routine.

It was a warm, sunny day with a sizable northerly breeze blowing down the ground when the two teams marched onto Hutt Park for the last time in 2018.

The Saints fielded a strong team which included five players that have previously been involved with the AFL New Zealand Academy.

Playing with the wind in the first quarter, the Saints were able to take an early lead, but by halftime the Bulldogs had brought the scores level at 17 a piece in what was proving to be a grinding, low-scoring affair.

After the halftime break, the Saints came out of the blocks firing, piling on an additional 20 points, with the Bulldogs scrounging up just a lone behind in response.

The skills of the Saints shone through, with clean kicking and marking setting their side well above their competitors.

The Bulldogs mounted a massive comeback in the final quarter, but the Saints defence was able to hold strong.

Under immense pressure of the momentum shift, the Saints were able to fend off the loss, and when then final siren went, were 3 points ahead on the scoreboard, despite the fact they didn’t score in the final term.

Congratulations to the Saints on an impressive victory, after a hard-fought campaign in a much more competitive Wellington AFL season.

Final score:

Wellington City Saints: 5.7: 37
Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs: 4.10: 34

 

Story – Wellington AFL