Sport

BITS on the goal attack

BIG GAME: Gladstone Mudcrabs player Chelsea Smith (middle) has eyes affixed on the ball.
BIG GAME: Gladstone Mudcrabs player Chelsea Smith (middle) has eyes affixed on the ball. Paul Braven GLA090717WFOOTY

AUSSIE RULES: BITS Saints hope the home ground advantage will be put to good use when their women round out the regular season against arch-rivals Gladstone Mudcrabs today from 3.50pm at BITS Oval.

The Saints sit in fifth place with four wins and 10 losses with a percentage of 33.66 while Muddies won an extra game and have an 11.28 per cent advantage.

So, in a nutshell, BITS need to win big.

BITS coach Ben Fletcher said it will be difficult task, but not beyond the realms.

That means also to keep Muddies near to no score.

"We have nothing to lose and if we get off to a good start and get points on the board early, we are a chance,” Fletcher said.

"I think we need to win by at least 30 or 40 points.”

The Saints can draw from their round five win where they got off to a flier before the game evened out as a contest.

"We need to start well, get a lead and continuing on with it,” Fletcher said.

Regardless of the results, Fletcher, in his first year as coach, said it has been an enjoyable experience.

"It's been great and all the players want to listen and they are a great group of girls who all get along with each other which makes it fun,” Fletcher said.

Mudcrabs coach Aaron Monish said his team has had a lot of changes since last season.

"We have been taking it a week at a time and regardless of ladder positions and finals spots, we want to win this game,” Monish said.

"Out of the 22 girls we had play last year, only five stayed and we have had 16 plus new girls some who have never played a team contact sport before.

"The most pleasing thing is the girls listen, ask questions and after every training session, after every game, they have got better and as a coach that's all I can ask for.”

Topics:  afl capricornia aflw bits saints football club gladstone mudcrabs



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