Muddies sing victory song at last
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE DROUGHT is broken. It might have taken until round 10 of the Trend Interiors/Carpet Court AFL Capricornia A grade season, but finally the RG Gladstone Mudcrabs have scored a win.
With the possibility of a wooden spoon staring them in the face if they were beaten, the Mudcrabs produced their best performance of the season to score an 11.19.85 to 8.12.60 win over CQU Panthers.
For the first time this season, the Mudcrabs had 20 contributors.
High-flying centre-half-forward Andrew Hatfield was the star with a best on ground display in his first game of the season.
Veteran John Terrick turned back the clock with a vintage display off halfback, while new fullback Nathan Tessier, Andy Travers, Deek Kanther and coach Jason Chirgwin played well.
Chirgwin was a relieved man after the final siren and happy to get his first win as Mudcrabs coach.
'It was a long time coming, but it's great,' Chirgwin said.
'All the boys played well and it was a fantastic effort, I thought we really deserved it.'
The result was in no doubt after a blistering first term by the Mudcrabs who slammed on five goals to nil.
To their credit Panthers never gave up and pushed the Mudcrabs for the rest of the afternoon.
Key defender Barry Morris was by far their best, while rover Tom Kneen and Clinton Sutton never stopped trying.
Full-forward Chris Heaslip was the visitors' leading goalkicker with three.
But after an overdue wait, it was the Mudcrabs' day and for the first time since the 2004 premiership win, the club song echoed around Clinton Park.
It's funny the difference 10 months makes.