SHE scored more points in season 2018 than any other player in the Group 10 league tag competition, but can Mish Somers now lead St Pat’s to a premiership?
This Sunday when the Saints run out for their sixth league tag grand final it will be Somers who leads them onto the turf of Sid Kallas Oval.
She took over as skipper of the blue and whites this season from Karah Armstrong – a player who guided the side to three premiership titles.
Still, Somers was undoubtedly one of the on-field leaders for the Saints before being handed the captaincy title.
She showed it 12 months ago when named best on ground for the grand final, Somers’ brilliant kicking game leading her side to a 16-12 win over Orange Hawks.
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And it is that kicking game which has played a crucial role in seeing the Saints with a chance to go back-to-back this Sunday when once more facing the Hawks.
On her way to earning the league tag leading point scorer award for 2018 – having amassed a tally of 98 – Somers has booted 41 goals to top that statistic as well.
On top of the points she has earned with her boot, she has also relieved pressure with booming clearances and set up tries with good vision and deftly-weighted kicks.
Under Somers the Saints have not yet suffered a loss and scored over 200 points more than any of their rivals. Meredith Jones, Sarah Watterson, Bronte Emanuel, Jakiya Whitfeld and Erin Naden all boast personal try tallies in double figures.
However, Somers knows it will take a big performance on Sunday if her side is to beat Hawks and make it a perfect season.
She knows it is not just herself who will need to fire, but every one of her fellow Saints as well.
“We have been working hard at training on getting the little things right and making those extra efforts in attack and defence, as that is what wins big games,” she said in the build up.
“I know all of our players will do their jobs on the day and give us every opportunity to come home with the trophy.”
Sunday’s league tag decider between the Saints and Hawks starts at 10am.