BITS Saints hit back with impressive winimpressive win
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE rainbow which hovered at BITS Oval's clubhouse end for much of Saturday's Trend Interiors/Carpet Court AFL Capricornia round three A grade encounter against Yeppoon could have been read as a sign that BITS Saints are back.
After suffering a shock loss to Glenmore the previous Saturday, the Saints took out their frustrations on the Swans to rack up a convincing 20.21.141 to 3.3.21 victory, their second from three starts.
The Saints were the much hungrier of the two outfits, going hard at the ball on the ground and in the air, and showed greater fitness and positional play to easily counter any challenges the Swans sent their way.
BITS signalled their intentions early when, despite running against a stiff breeze, they opened the scoring in the first minute through full forward Nathan Shipard. The Swans were unable to get any closer throughout the entire match, having to wait 20 minutes for their first point and nine minutes into the second quarter for their first major.
The Saints' impressive on-ballers Darren Boase, Adam Dickenson and John Spranklin dominated play in the middle of the park, repeatedly feeding their forwards quality ball and preventing the Swans from launching any meaningful attack.
On the rare occasions the Swans did threaten, Saints defender Damon Stebbings was almost always in the perfect spot to nullify the situation.
Up front, Shipard and teenager Grant McCallan were the star performers, kicking six and three goals respectively.
Such was the Saints' dominance that Yeppoon looked as if they may not register double figures on the scoreboard until three late goals gave their supporters belated reasons to cheer. Saints coach Rod Spice was pleased with the Saints' turnaround from the round two loss to the Bulls.
'That's more like the BITS Saints of old,'' he said after the victory. "That's the first time we've shown that form with this team.
'I expected (Yeppoon) to be a lot stronger and that they would come down with a full complement.
'But I was very happy with the contribution of all our players.'