Saints need four-quarter focus
BITS Saints will have to maintain intensity for four quarters if they are to upset minor premiers Glen- more Bulls in today's Trend Inte- riors/Carpet Court AFL Capricor-nia major semi-final at BITS Oval. That's the verdict of Saints player/coach Rod Spice who is confident his charges, playing on home turf, will be difficult to toss despite having to play second fid- dle to Glenmore this season.
'Over the last couple of weeks we've had a look at that and rea- lised we haven't been playing four full quarters all year,' he said.
'I believe, and the guys believe, that if we play four quarters we can win. "Every time we've played them we haven't strung four quarters together so that's our focus.'
Spice said key players from the Bulls had been identified and tac- tics devised to nullify their effec- tiveness.
The Saints have been strength- ened by the return of key defender Steve Moulds, who suffered con- cussion against CQU Panthers on July 30, and forward Ricky Mc- Clure who returns from a broken finger.
'It's good to have a couple of our more experienced players back,'' Spice said. "If we believe in ourselves we can do it, especially the way the team's been train- ing ? they're very focused.'
Spice was also rejoicing in the fact that, for the first time this season, he will not have players doubling up to take the field in both reserve and A grade compe- tition.
He said it was imperative that the Saints got off to a flying start and maintained pressure on Glen- more who have beaten the Saints by 23 points, 27 points and 16 points in their previous three en- counters this year.
The Saints will field teams in all five junior and senior grades being contested today, beginning with under-13s at 9.30am with the A grade clash starting at 2.30pm.