Big games for clubs
AUSSIE RULES: BITS Saints will be boosted with the return of several key players for their clash against Rockhampton Kangaroos tomorrow at BITS Oval from 3.20pm.
Young gun forward Kane Haua returns to add fire-power to the forward line and the team's ruck stocks will improve significantly.
"Jacob Mills is back after playing football in the US,” said Keith Bilston who will play his 300th club game in the reserves tomorrow.
"Millsy did all the pre-season and he can play anywhere - up forward, in the backlines and the ruck.
"He's is not just a tap ruckman because he is good around the ground and takes marks as well.”
The Saints sit in second spot on the ladder on percentage with Rocky Panthers as the only other contender for a double-chance shot at the finals.
The Kangaroos produced a confidence-boosting win against Glenmore Bulls to give themselves a chance at a finals tilt and they are in fifth spot with a 3-7 record.
"They are very competitive and have definitely been improving,” Bilston said.
"It's going to be close even though they are near the bottom of the ladder.
"You look at the AFL now and the bottom teams are even very competitive.”
The most recent match between BITS Saints and Kangaroos was in Rocky - a 30-point win to the visitors.
The Saints lost a thriller against arch-enemy Gladstone Mudcrabs at Clinton last week after star Ben Dempsey's difficult set shot on goal hit the post from an acute angle.
Bilston said that coach Alan Watkin remained positive post match.
"When it's within a kick, it can go either way,” he said.
Meanwhile Gladstone Mudcrabs travel to Rockhampton to tackle Rocky Panthers in a twilight match tomorrow at 5.30pm.
Muddies sit in fourth spot and a win, couple with BITS beating the 'Roos, will put the Gladstone club in outright fourth spot.
Mudcrabs coach Mark Jensen hopes last Saturday's fourth quarter will transgress into the full 120-minutes tomorrow.
"It's another challenge to beat a side above us on the ladder,” he said.
"We didn't play our best footy last week, but was happy with our ability to get over the line and hopefully we can string four quarters together.
"We still have a fair way to go before we have a full-strength side, but we are starting to gel together.”
The coach said defenders Josh Brown and Jay Warry have added stability while Steve Eilola has dominated.
Rugby league convert and lead ruckman Alex Smith's progress has been pleasing according to Jensen.