Saints positive for top-team clash
BITS AFL A grade coach Rod Spice believes his side's AFL Community Weekend loss to North Mackay in Brisbane last weekend will serve as a positive when his side takes on Glenmore at BITS Oval today.
Glenmore, unbeaten at the top of the Trend Interiors/Carpet Court AFL Capricornia A grade table, present a formidable challenge for the Saints today but one which Spice is confident his troops can handle.
'It's very exciting,' Spice said. 'We wanted to test ourselves against Brothers (on May 14) but didn't get tested then so (now) this is the test.
'Everyone's saying we're the favourites but I don't see it that way. They're (Glenmore) the ones who are undefeated.'
Spice said the experience of playing in Brisbane had been a positive bonding experience not just for the players but also for the entire club with partners and children all joining in the weekend celebrations.
He said the loss to North Mackay would also have shaken any complacency the Saints may have been suffering after winning five successive premiership matches.
'I think (the Brisbane game) will be a positive. Looking at it now with perspective, the way we played against Brothers we couldn't have played any better, even though you'd like to,' he said.
'So to expect to play the same in Brisbane was probably a bit unrealistic.'
The Saints will field a near fullstrength side with only back Luke Beale (work commitments) absent, allowing Spice to bring in Nathan Bartlett for his second senior game with full back Danny Anderson also returning to the side.
Meanwhile, reigning champions Gladstone will continue to chase their first victory of the season when they travel to take on Brothers at Victoria Park today. CQU Panthers host Yeppoon at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds in the round's remaining fixture.
Today at BITS Oval ? 8.30am under13, 9.45am under-15, 11.30am under-17, 12.45pm reserve grade, 2.30pm A grade.