Muddies belted by powerful Brothers
GLADSTONE's disappointing start to the Trend Interiors/Carpet Court AFL Capricornia A grade season continued on Saturday with a 114-point belting from an impressive Brothers line-up at Clinton Park.
The Mudcrabs put in an honest first half, but had no answers to the Roos' powerful running game in the second half suffering a 24.13.157 to 6.7.43 loss.
Brothers full-forward Clinton Ennis enjoyed his day kicking eight goals for the winners, while Ben Redway and Brent Wood chipped in with four goals apiece.
After an even opening quarter, Brothers dictated the majority of play in the second term and opened up a 35-point half-time lead.
The Mudcrabs paid the price for a slow start in the third quarter, with Brothers taking control to run away with the match.
Brothers kicked 15 goals to two for the second half in what was more like a procession than a game of football.
It was no surprise that Brothers had a number of stars, notably pacy wingman Wood who was a constant danger and deservedly named best on ground.
Half-forward flanker Jeremy Bond caused plenty of problems, while coach Steve Smithwick was simply unstoppable in the centre.
For the Mudcrabs, centre-half back Gregor Mactaggart was a standout performer while skipper Andy Travers and centreman Mark Gordon never stopped trying.
Coach Jason Chirgwin, who was one of the Mudcrabs better players was very disappointed with the result, but took a some positives out of the performance.
"We just struggled to match them today, we had a few players who stood up but it was not enough,'' Chirgwin said.
"The season has not started well for us, but it is not the end of the world and I am sure we will improve.''
There was better news for the Mudcrabs reserves who posted a comfortable 68-point victory.
Coach Aaron Barrett kicked eight goals for the winners, while Brendan Manning was named best on ground.
The Mudcrabs face their first away game of the season next weekend, playing ladder leaders Glenmore in Rockhampton.