Barbarians keep spirit

THE BARBARIANS may have gone down to the Hervey Bay Fruitbats on the weekend in the AFL Masters match, but that hasn’t dented their spirit or pride.

Unfortunately the BITS-based Barbarians retained the not-so-prestigious trophy for finishing runner-up with stiff upper lips, consoled by the fact their loss wasn’t as bad as their last defeat.

This shows the twice-weekly training sessions weren’t for nothing, as this was a best result against the Fruitbats.

The teams took to Boyne Oval at 11am Sunday and worked themselves into the match.

Barbarian Mal Cusack said the boys were competitive and the match was played in good spirit.

He shifted from full forward into the centre after kicking a point in the first half.

Dominating portions of the game, especially during the first and second quarters, the Barbarians didn’t have the firepower up forward to make a dent in the scoreboard, and inaccuracy in front of goal meant Fruitbats didn’t have to sweat too much about the outcome.

Anvil was able to clamp down on his skilled opponent and Bruce Grundy was solid all day.

‘Spicey’, who tragically injured an ankle, ‘Nugget’, Darren O’Donnell, Harro and Chris, were just a few who battled manfully through the day worked hard.

Big Dunco came out on top in the ruck, ably supported by TC.

Mal, Tony and Freddy gave it all they had in the forward line.

A freakish goal in the first quarter was a highlight of the clash, a classic piece of roving at the back of the pack and a crisp snap for full points.

A match has been scheduled for later in the year against the Bundaberg Brewers, so there’s no letting up on the training track just yet.



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