Swans down Muddies in a classic



YEPPOON has progressed through to the AFL Capricornia under-13 preliminary final after edging out a courageous Gladstone Mudcrabs team by just five points in the first semi-final at Swan Park on Saturday.

The Mudcrabs led for most of the match, but couldn't convert on the scoreboard in the final term losing a classic match, 4.1.25 to 3.2.20.

Even though they fell at the first finals hurdle, the Mudcrabs displayed the skill, determination and hardness at the footy which has typified their transformation from last in 2004 to the finals this season.

In miserable wet, windy conditions, Gladstone opened up two-goal lead at half-time, but the defending premiers Swans came back with a charge.

Yeppoon shut down the Mudcrabs attack who ultimately paid the price for scoring just one point in the second-half.

Cameron O'Grady, Bill Parnaby and Tim Sparkman kicked one goal each for the Mudcrabs, while Tommy Cossens kicked two for Yeppoon. Mudcrabs coach Steve Monish was understandably proud of his boys efforts and named the whole team as their best in the match.

Expect them to be up amongst the finals again next season. In the other first semi-final matches played through the age groups, Glenmore won a tight under-15 clash against Brothers. Glenmore won by just six points, 3.5.23 to 2.5.17.

Meanwhile, Yeppoon produced a real upset knocking the highly fancied Glenmore out of the under-17 competition.

Yeppoon proved far too good for the Bulls, winning in style 7.15.57 to 2.8.20.

It was the Swans leaders, many of whom have senior experience who led the charge.

In more AFL Capricornia junior news, the junior league best and fairest will be held at the Brothers Leagues Club in Rockhampton on Sunday, August 28.

Former AFL Capricornia development officer Jim Urquhart is a special guest.



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