BITS Saints Reserves’ Will Medcalf wins the ball from Yeppoon’s Kim Laundry on Saturday during the semi-final held at Swan Park, Yeppoon.
BITS Saints Reserves’ Will Medcalf wins the ball from Yeppoon’s Kim Laundry on Saturday during the semi-final held at Swan Park, Yeppoon. Jen Tybell

Saints win by one against Swans

BITS Saints have surged into the AFL Capricornia reserves grand final with an inspirational come-from-behind one-point win.

Facing the Yeppoon Swans on their home turf is one of the toughest assignments going around, and any win's a good one.

Saints reserves coach Lukas Hall stood on the sidelines watching his team forfeit the lead only to get it back with minutes to go.

“I've got no nails left,” Hall said.

In the third quarter the Saints went goalless, adding eight points.

“We could have killed them off but bad kicking let us down,” the coach said.

And for the first time this year, Hall got a little animated.

“I raised my voice and told them they could have sealed the game, we had a few undisciplined acts, and said ‘If you give ‘em a sniff, they'll take it'.”

The Saints reacted to the spray and bounced back to take victory.

“The boys were pretty ecstatic,” Hall said.

The return of captain Brad Bywaters was a huge lift for the team, Hall said, and his experience was telling throughout the course of the game.

“Every time he touched it, things turned to gold and he is hard at it, which you need in the finals,” Hall said.

Paul Connors played up forward for a change and the defender performed very well and Brad Surridge did a hamstring in the last quarter but played out the game.

Final score: BITS Saints 7.11. 53 def Yeppoon Swans 8.4. 52.



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