Coach blasts Saints? A grade
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
BITS coach Rod Spice accused his side of complacency after their 27point Trend Interiors/Carpet Court AFL Capricornia A grade premiership loss to Glenmore at BITS Oval on Saturday.
The Saints threw away a dream start in the opening quarter, failing to add a single goal for the remainder of the match as the Bulls maintained their unbeaten premiership run with a 9.6 (60) to 4.9 (33 triumph).
A disappointed Spice was at a loss as to why his side failed to measure up.
"Our preparation was good and our first quarter was great but then Glenmore lifted their intensity and we didn't follow,' he said.
'In the first quarter we kicked 4-2 to their zip but didn't score another goal for the rest of the match. We just took our foot off (the accelerator).
'We just couldn't convert our scoring chances ? it was bloody awful.'
Spice said his players would have to 'do some soul-searching following Saturday's loss.
'They have to realise you can't just beat the weak sides and rack up good scores, you have to step up against the strong teams too.'
Spice said Mark Wright, returning after missing two matches, was inspirational in the back pocket, attacking the ball all day while fellow defender Steve Mould was also impressive.
He said fellow Saints Jake Mostart and Nathan Shipard in the forwards, Justin Mountjoy, defender Kane Trew and centre Lucas Hall put in solid performances which should have been followed by their team-mates.
Spice said he could not recall the Saints ever not scoring a goal after quarter time but was confident his side would bounce back.
However, he did warn incumbent players that the Saints' impressive reserve grade victory meant positions in the top side were under threat.