A Community of Saints 2018 Community Perspective 2018 - Page 12

Victorian Wheelchair Football League (VWFL) St Kilda’s debut season in the inaugural Robert Rose Foundation VWFL was an enormous success, with the Saints finishing third on the ladder after the 10-game season, missing out on a Grand Final berth by just two games. Five teams participated in the competition with Collingwood, Richmond, Hawthorn and Essendon also fielding teams. The 10-round competition ran from May through to August, with Collingwood winning the premiership. But the Saints did not disappoint, as forward Pat McKay was voted the best and fairest player for both St Kilda and across the entire league. The Saints then took out the award for the team that best represented the AFL values – play as one team, play fair, play to win and play with passion. The team demonstrated these values on and off the court, with several Saints players, including captain Marcus Sander, volunteering their time to assist with Saints community programs in Special Development Schools and at SaintsPlay centres. After a very strong finish to the season, the Saints will set their sights on a premiership in 2019. It wasn’t short of its challenges and it took the team a while to gel and work as a unit, but as captain of the team, I’m very happy with the way the team performed throughout the season.” MARCUS SANDER Captain, St Kilda FC VWFL 12