Saints lead at every change
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THEY had to work for it, but the BITS Saints keep marching on in the Trend Interiors/Carpet Court A grade AFL Capricornia premiership with a 83- point win against a gutsy Gladstone Mudcrabs at Clinton Park.
The Saints were always expected to win and did so, leading at every change on their way to a 16.23.119 to 5.6.36 win. BITS were the superior team and deserved to win the match, but to their credit the Mudcrabs never threw in the towel.
Playing with just 12 fresh players, the Mudcrabs started impressively and in fact kicked the game's first goal before the BITS juggernaut rolled into action.
Led by skipper Darren Boase, the Saints gained control of the match and overcame an inaccurate start to build a match-winning lead.
Nathan Shipard enjoyed some time away from full-forward, spending a stint on the ball, while wingman Kane Trew, new Brisbane recruit Danny Butler and key defender Paul Currant played well.
The Mudcrabs had a number of strong performers who could hold their heads up.
After the game, Mudcrabs coach Jason Chirgwin said he was proud of his players, who showed plenty of commitment.
"We were undermanned, but all the boys had a crack and that is all I asked of them,'' Chirgwin said.
"To have seven blokes help us out from the seconds says a lot about the spirit of the club.''
Midfielder Mark Gordon, defender Andrew Miller, skipper Andy Travers and Chirgwin impressed, while Steve McIntosh never stopped trying in the ruck. Chirgwin also wanted to make a special mention for consistent onballer Greg McCallum who suffered a badly broken jaw.