22/04/2024
The Saints' CWFL premiership team in 2023. Picture: Supplied

The Saints' CWFL premiership team in 2023. Picture: Supplied

The Saints’ community wheelchair team enjoyed ultimate success in season 2023, clinching the premiership honours in the division’s first season.

Goal-scoring machine Sebastian Welsh, who was also named best-on-ground, spearheaded the Saints attack with eight of the side’s nine goals at Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre, resulting in the Saints claiming the silverware with a 25-point win over Richmond, 9.6 (60) to 5.5 (35).

With captain and vice-captain Caitlyn Alger and Jeremy O’Halloran leading the charge, Richmond were starved of scoring opportunities, with the Saints’ sturdy defense able to run defense into attack.

The Tigers mounted a brief charge late in the final term with three majors, however the Saints’ earlier work proved too much in the end.

Across the Saints other community teams, the VWFL side missed out on finals action to finish the season with a 4-8 record; a one-point loss to Collingwood in the last game of the season denying a certain September berth.

Meanwhile, the club’s Victorian Blind Football League side dipped out on Grand Final action following a semi-final loss to Hawthorn Gold the week prior.

GRAND FINAL RESULT

St Kilda Community 1.3 3.5 7.6 9.6 (60)
Richmond Community 0.2 2.4 2.4 5.5 (35)

Goals: Welsh 8, Walker
Best: Welsh, Alger, Wall, O’Halloran

St Kilda 2023 CWFL Premiers: Caitlyn Alger (captain), Jeremy O’Halloran (vice-captain), Mark Walker, Ben Van Raay, Katherine Simmons, Ashleigh Chambers, Nathan Tanner, Piers Wall, Sebastian Welsh, Daniel Fatouros

LOOKING AHEAD

The team is eagerly awaiting the 2024 VWFL and CWFL seasons. While we await the squad selections, the squad has been training hard in anticipation for the season ahead.

The CWFL will be keen to back up last season’s premiership with another one in 2024. And the VWFL team will be keen to emulate their CWFL counterparts.

Can they do it? We will have to wait to find out.

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