The BITS Saints will be celebrating their ladies day at BITS oval on Saturday.
The BITS Saints will be celebrating their ladies day at BITS oval on Saturday. Christopher Chan

Aussie Rules rivals ready for showdown on ladies day

THE local Aussie Rules derby will be the highlight of Gladstone sport this weekend, when BITS Saints battle the Gladstone Mudcrabs on Saturday afternoon.

Not only will the day prove to be a treat on the field, but the BITS Saints have taken action off the field as well, creating a Ladies Day on the sidelines.

Encouraging all ladies to attend, the Saints have an assortment of champagne, wine, cheese platters and finger food to enjoy while cheering on your favourite team.

"Anyone can come. It is only $20 for the day," BITS coach Damian Lyon said.

"We get great crowds for

the local derby usually. It would be great to see BITS and Mudcrabs supporters come down, from mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, whoever really."

Held at the Saints home ground, Boyne Island Oval, the match is a rematch of last year's grand final.

Girls from both sides will be keen to take the points away from the local clash, especially on a day designed for them and their fellow female supporters.

The girls will first cheer on their men's sides, which kick off at 2.15pm.

The women's spectacle then follows at 5pm, with the festivities continuing even after the match in the social rooms.

While much of the focus will be on the sideline, the action on the field promises to be equally as entertaining.

"When these sides play, there is always that extra desire to win," Lyon said.

"We had a couple of really close games last year before the grand final. We ended up winning it by a bit but this weekend will still be good."

Historically, the clash has offered close encounters irrespective of where the teams sit on the ladder.

Junior games between the clubs are set down for the morning while the reserves match kicks off at 12.30pm.

"We really want whoever can make it to come on down, it should be fun and is great to have more ladies there than usual," Lyon said.



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