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Saints turn attention to 2022

St Mary’s hold on the title of GFL reigning premier will continue into 2022. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ST MARY’S will turn its attention quickly to 2022 in the wake of the cancellation of the current GFL season on Sunday.

The Saints, who finished on top of the ladder unbeaten, were already well into the planning phase for next year when the call on 2021 was made.

Co-coach Travis Robertson doesn’t expect too much change to the list at Anthony Costa Oval.

“We’re fairly confident that the majority of the group will be fine,” he said.

“We’ll get (footy boss) Scotty Hosking on the job, and we’ll have a few conversations and round the 2021 season with some one-on-one conversations.

“But, we’re pretty comfortable we’ll be OK.”

Robertson labelled as “hollow” the feeling when he found out that St Mary’s season would end without the opportunity to play for a premiership.

“It’s a lot of work for no return,” he said.

“I know 2020 was called off a bit earlier, but the fact we’ve played, from our club’s point-of-view, 22 games and had 20½ wins, we were in a good position to have a good season.

“It’s also been taken away from us with something we can’t control.”

When AFL Barwon confirmed the season’s cancellation, it was yet to determine how it would acknowledge those teams across football that finished on top of the ladder.

“From a wording point-of-view, “minor premiers” seems fitting,” Robertson said.

“We played Colac in the last game of the year, and we were able to win that game, so I think that’s fair.

“But, it’s not the same (as a premiership).”

Robertson’s view is supported by his Torquay counterpart Dom Gleeson, with the Tigers going through the BFL season unbeaten.

“I don’t it would sit well with anyone receiving it (a premiership) because so much can happen over finals,” Gleeson said.

“I think a minor premiership will suffice for us.”

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