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A chance to climb ladder for either Gladstone Mudcrabs or BITS

FACE-OFF: BITS Rebecca Fitton and Muddies Chelsea Smith will go head-to-head.
FACE-OFF: BITS Rebecca Fitton and Muddies Chelsea Smith will go head-to-head. Mike Richards GLA240517WAFL

AUSSIE RULES: The equation is simple.

If the Gladstone Mudcrabs women defeat arch-rivals BITS Saints at Clinton Oval this afternoon, then the Muddies will be back in the hunt for a finals berth.

Gladstone sits in fifth spot with a 3-6 win-loss record while the Saints have won an extra game and are in fourth.

Mudcrabs coach Aaron Monish hopes recent form will translate into another win.

"Our previous two games we have played some of our best footy this year,” Monish said.

Captain Chelsea Smith returns and Monish said that Maddi Bishop looms as a key forward.

"The game will be won in the midfield with both teams being very strong in that area,” Monish added.

Saints mentor Ben Fletcher said a win will go a long way to setting the season up.

"After this game, we have two winnable games as well and if we win two of our next three, then we will be in good shape,” he said.

"The last time, we beat them quite comfortably, but they had a few out and this time we have a couple out.”

The BITS side will be buoyed from its win against top team Glenmore two weeks ago and Fletcher said last week's bye came at the wrong time.

"We sort of have to start again, but we're all excited because it's one of the biggest games of the year,” Fletcher said.

The game starts at 3.55pm.

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