Saints march in

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

LOCAL AFL fans will be treated to a Thursday night thriller when the RG Gladstone Mudcrabs host the BITS Saints at Clinton Park tonight.

It is the first ever time an A grade Trend Interiors/Carpet Court AFL Capricornia match is played on a Thursday night and it is expected to be a cracker of a clash.

The Saints are starting to hit their straps and are coming off an impressive 20-goal belting of previously unbeaten Yeppoon at home.

Coach Rod Spice believes his team are beginning to recapture their best form, but expects a tough clash against their local rivals.

"Matches against Gladstone are traditionally hard-fought and we believe this match will be no different,'' Spice said.

"We are coming off a good win and our focus is to keep that type of form going.''

Spice said the form of some of the Saints' experienced players such as Darren Boase, Damon Stebbings, Nathan Shipard and Adam Dickenson has been a key so far this season.

"Our senior players have been great for us as usual, but we have also been pleased with the young players like Jake Mostert who has played well for us as well,'' he said.

The Mudcrabs on the other hand have been a shadow of of their former selves, losing their first three matches by heavy margins.

They may currently sit on the bottom of the ladder, but coach Jason Chirgwin believes his team is ready to turn the corner. "We have not been playing well, but the break has been a help for us,'' Chirgwin said.

"BITS are a good team and it is always challenging playing them, but we seem to play better at night as a club. And Chirgwin believes his players clearly know how crucial this match is.

First bounce is at 7pm.



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