Poor conversion hits Mudcrabs' chances
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THERE was plenty of effort and hard work, but ultimately poor conversion cost the RG Gladstone Mudcrabs who went down by 44 points to Yeppoon in their Trend Interiors/Carpet Court AFL Capricornia A grade clash at Clinton Park on Saturday.
In a clear sign the Mudcrabs were in the match was the fact they had 18 scoring shots to the Swans 22 in the 16.6.102 to 8.10.58 loss.
Yet again the first term cost the Mudcrabs who have been slow from the first bounce all season.
Yeppoon dominated possession in the midfield and with forwards Jason Chisholm and Brad Palma in hot form, opened up a 41-point quartertime lead.
The Mudcrabs had their chances in the second term, but poor kicking proved costly as Yeppoon converted their rare opportunities to extend their lead to 46 points.
Coach Jason Chirgwin revved up his troops at the main break and they responded with their best half of the season.
With Chirgwin, Mark Gordon and Deek Kanther battling hard in the centre, the Mudcrabs halted the Swans momentum.
The Mudcrabs kicked 5.4 to 5.2 after half-time, winning both quarters for the first time this season. Even so, Yeppoon had done enough to chalk up their third win of the season.
Jason Chirgwin never stopped all day and was the Mudcrabs best, while skipper Andrew Travers, defenders Greg McCallum and Geoff Woodgate, ruckman Darryl Dance played well.
Wes Hawke, Ian Jones, Chisholm and Brad Palma who finished with six goals were Yeppoon's best.
There was some better news in the reserves where the Mudcrabs posted their second win of the season by 90 points.
Coach Aaron Barrett kicked eight goals and Darryl Eilola four in the 17.14.116 to 3.8.26 victory.
Brian Keller was named best on ground, while Jess Morgan, Ben Bowers and Aaron Kanther were also named in the best. The win lifts them to third spot on the ladder.
Vintage performance by Boase
A VINTAGE performance from BITS star Darren Boase ensured the Saints scored a convincing 75-point win over the CQU Panthers in Saturday's Trend Interiors/Carpet Court AFL Capricornia clash in Rockhampton.
Playing predominantly in the centre, Boase kicked five goals in the 16.10.106 to 4.7.31 victory.
The Saints were missing seven senior players including Damon Stebbings and Adam Dickenson going into the match, but Boase stepped up to lead his team to their fourth win of the season.
Stand-in coach Allan Mostert, deputising for the absent Rod Spice, was rapt with the win considering the number of regulars missing.
'It was a very good win for us because Panthers have certainly improved as a team and I knew it would be a tough game,' Mostert said.
We had four reserves guys doubling up and I thought a couple of our young guys Kane Trew and Lucas Hall stood up well for us.'
Mostert made special mention of firstgamers Justin Mountjoy and Nathan Bartlett who both made contributions to the win.
'I thought Justin and Nathan did well and they will be good players for us into the future,' he said.
In the reserves match, BITS cruised to victory with Stewart Mountjoy kicking four goals in the easy 20.9.129 to 0.1.1 win.
In the round's other A grade game, a late goal from ruckman Steven Giles gave Glenmore a five-point win over Brothers. The 7.6.48 to 6.7.43 win continues the Bulls unbeaten start to this year's AFL Capricornia season.
Chris Nolan was named best for the Bulls, while full-forward Clinton Ennis kicked five goals out of the six goals for the Roos.