Saints march to first title
‘OH, when the Saints go marching in’…the tune was belted out by the BITS girls jubilantly celebrating Sunday’s grand final victory in the inaugural AFL Capricornia Women’s competition.
Trying to keep a lid on the excitement was impossible, coach Allan Mostert said, but the win was thoroughly deserved.
He couldn’t fault the girls’ work rate, competitiveness and willingness to succeed in the tournament.
“I was a bit hesitant to take the coaching job on, and told them they had to be fair dinkum,” Mostert said.
“But they took it very seriously, and I was proud of how they went about it.
“I got such a thrill seeing them enjoy the win, they were so excited.”
On the training track last Thursday, the coach could see how much they wanted to win.
“They trained really hard and were switched on,” he said.
In the second semi-final between BITS and Muddies, the rivals fought out a heated affair, with the Saints getting over the line by 19 points.
“We stopped running towards the end of the match, but managed to hold on,” Mostert said.
Saints midfielder Alana Cooke won the player of the GF, while Saints Megan Hunt was also prominent.
Mostert praised the effort of full forward Bianca Box, who was pivotal in playing a specific role.
“We wanted to direct the footy away from Tamara Creamer, and Bianca did a great job for us keeping the full back away from the play,” he said.
Box also kicked three goals in the victory.
The victory was particularly sweet for Hunt, who inspired the competition’s inception after lobbying AFL and AFL Capricornia.
“She was just stoked with the win,” Mostert said.
Final score: BITS Saints 2.1 3.4 5.4 7.6 48 def Yeppoon Swans 0.0 2.1 4.4 5.4 34.