Two moments in Saturday’s 100-plus point victory against Newcastle City typified the Maitland Saints growing confidence and maturity.

The first was when first year Aussie rules player Colin Carroll charged head down into a pack emerged with the ball and found a running teammate with a kick.

The second was when 16-year-old Patrick McMahon failed to supply a shepherd but then buttered up with two tackles before running into the forward 50 and slotting a left-foot goal from 40 metres out.

They are the type of courageous acts and second efforts finished with the ball going to advantage which you expect from players in top teams.

They are slowly but surely becoming the norm with the Saints, whose percentage boosting 22.15 (147) to 4.6 (30) win enabled them to stay clear on top from Kilarney Vale.

With co-captains Wade Beard and Mark Curran rested, the Saints were led by Stuart Inglis and Cameron Mitchell, who is showing signs of hitting form after a long injury lay-off.

Corey Kennedy was at his inspirational best and chipped in with six goals, including a four-goal masterclass in the final term.

Kennedy was only shaded by tireless midfielder Jim Taranto, who hit packs at break-neck speed and provided linking run between defence and attack.

The backline led by Inglis and Nathan Watson was again frugal and Carroll and Travis Magyor inspired all with their courageous attack on the ball. Both are first-year Aussie rules players and are showing the benefit of time in the team and hard work at training as their disposal by hand and foot improves all the time.

Danny Mitchell was a strong target up forward and, with the forward pockets and flanks proving him plenty of space, he was able to lead into the corridor and rewarded his team’s hard work up field with four third-quarter goals.

Saints coach Steve Mitchell said the team produced probably its best three-quarters of football, particularly in the absence of Bear and Curran, who were most sorely missed in the centre clearance duals.

“Everyone put in today from the experienced players like Corey (Kennedy) through to our under-16 Conor (Haswell),” he said.

MAITLAND Saints 22-15 (147) def Newcastle City 4.6 (30)

Maitland, best: J. Taranto, C. Kennedy, C. Carrol, T. Magyor, N Watson, D Mitchell. Goals: C. Kennedy 6, D. Mitchell 4, J. Smith 3, D. Davey 2, C. Mitchell 2, L. Curran 2, S. Webster , D. Taylor, P. McMahon.

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