Muddies crack first season win



IT MIGHT have taken 15 matches, but the Gladstone Mudcrabs finally had their first win of the 2005 AFL Capricornia under-15 season on Saturday.

Playing in front of their home crowd at Clinton Park, the Muddies' superior teamwork and support for one another laid the foundation in the 8.8.56 to 3.8.26 win against CQU Panthers.

Ever-consistent Matthew Walker and Ben Coles again led the way named in the best, while Alex Stewart and Jared O'Grady kicked two goals apiece as the Mudcrabs ran away with the game.

The Mudcrabs confirmed a finals place in the under-13 competition with a crushing 101 point win over the hapless Panthers.

Sam McLean proved a great target up forward kicking six goals, while Cameron O'Grady, Rusty Parnaby and Dylan Bayles were sensational.

BITS tuned up for the upcoming finals series in great style, winning all three grades over Brothers on Saturday.

The Saints were at their impressive best in the under-17 matchup, scoring a 17.13.115 to 1.2.8 victory.

Anthony Williams, Jake Mostert and Craig Shipard were outstanding as BITS shared the goals around.

BITS continued their awesome form in the under-15 age group, crushing a gutsy Broth-ers 20.16.136 to 0.0.0. The Saints have been unstoppable in this age group all season and proved their class in this win.

Josh Gaffel had a field day kicking six goals in a best on ground performance, while Josh Vaughan had four goals, and Jason Brice and Tyson Murphy played well.

BITS also scored a strong 8.4.52 to 0.1.1 win in the under-13 clash.

Robert Southgate, Daniel Hunt and Andrew Cunningham were the Saints best in this game, Hunt leading the goalkicking with three majors.

In the other matches this round, Glenmore picked up two wins (under-17 and under-15) against Yeppoon, while the Swans tasted success in the under-13 clash.

Also well done to this week's umpire of the week Shaun Johnson.

Johnson has been field umpiring in the under-13 matches all season and impressed umpires co-ordinator Terry Carter who praised Shaun's dedication and officiating. Full results page 26.



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