Slow start costs BITS Saints at Gabba

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A LIGHTNING start from North Mackay ruined the dreams of the BITS Saints who were defeated in their AFL Community Weekend clash at the Gabba on Saturday.

The Mackay-based Saints started the match on fire and were never headed winning by 38 points, 16.11.107 to 10.9.69.

BITS coach Rod Spice said his team were punished for being slow out of the blocks and paid tribute to a strong North Mackay line-up.

'They just came out running early and were four goals clear at quarter time before we even got going,' Spice said.

"After the first quarter we played better and matched it with them for the rest of the match.

'They were a very good team and after the game I was talking to their coach who said it was the first time they had put four quarters of football together this year,' he said.

Defender Ben Maher was named BITS best with a dependable fourquarter display.

Other impressive performers were rising youngster Jake Mostert who showed buckets-full of courage, Ricky McClure, wingman Lucas Hall and half-forward Danny Boase.

The match will no doubt live long in the memory of all the players and the coach who was introduced to one of the AFL greats before the game.

'They were showing us how the coaching box works and we got to meet Leigh Matthews which was fantastic, the whole day will be something I will never forget,' he said.



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