Saints women held scoreless against ruthless Muddies
AUSSIE RULES: In what was a perfect day for the Gladstone Mudcrabs Football Club, its women's team produced its best performance of the year with an inspirational 4.2 (26) to 0.0 (0) win against BITS Saints.
The hosts harassed, tackled and used a defensive wall that proved impenetrable for BITS to counter.
Muddies captain Chelsea Smith was brilliant through the middle of the ground and Keely Watts was a stand-out in defence.
Ebony Griffin was a terrier with her tackling and she won numerous possessions while sisters Ainsley and Abbey Downie kicked impressive goals.
The ball was played in Gladstone Mudcrabs' forward half for most of the game and whenever the Saints threatened, the likes of Malinda Aeschlimann, Smith and Elizabeth Bishop surged the ball forward.
The Saints were best served by Mirrin Rashleigh, Melissa Shepherd and Jacqueline Pugh.
Smith said it was an inspirational effort given that the Saints beat the previously undefeated Glenmore Bulls two weeks ago.
"I think that we were actually hungry for the ball and put the pressure on right from the start," she said.
It's the Mudcrabs' second win on the trot and they have leapfrogged over the Saints into fourth spot on percentage.
"It's been building in the last couple of games that we have played," Smith said.
"It was awesome and as of last year I think they beat us two out of three rounds and now we are one-all and the last round (round 15 at BITS Oval) will be the decider.
"It's a good feeling to beat them."
Smith added the Downie sisters work well together while she lauded Griffin's tenacity.
"She's a little beast and does very well for her size," Smith said.