Muddies new look tarnished
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
BITS fired the first shots of the new Trend Interiors/Carpet Court AFL Capricornia season with a 75 point win over the Gladstone Mudcrabs at Clinton Park on Saturday.
The Saints were far superior to the new-look Mudcrabs and dominated from start to finish winning 13.11.89 to 1.8.14. After a competitive first quarter, the Saints dominated the midfield and controlled the majority of play.
The Mudcrabs showed glimpses of good play in patches, but struggled under the weight of constant pressure from the Saints.
BITS win proved the ultimate sendoff for former coach Alan Watkin who was playing his last game for the club before moving to Perth.
Watkin was humble after the match, saying it was hard to leave the Saints after a successful 10 years with the club. "I have had a great time winning seven premierships including four as coach here and enjoyed every minute of it,'' Watkin said.
Centreman Adam Dickenson had a field day, with Damon Stebbings (ruck), defender Ben Maher, Danny Anderson and Lucas Hall amongst the Saints best.
Nathan Shipard and Keith Bilston kicked three goals apiece for the Saints.
For the Mudcrabs, youngsters Deek Kanther and Nathan Mafrici battled hard, while skipper Andy Travers played well in a losing cause.