BITS play catch-up
GLADSTONE sides were dealt a blow to their finals chances on the weekend as they suffered losses.
BITS Saints coach Adam Dickenson sat out the game against Yeppoon through injury, this allowing him to view the game from the sidelines.
BITS started well against Yeppoon at Boyne Oval on Saturday, trailing by only one point at the quarter-time break.
Yeppoon came out in the second quarter and rattled on three goals to a solitary point, and from then on, BITS were playing catch-up football.
“They’d score a couple, then we’d score a couple, but we couldn’t drag them back,” the coach said.
For BITS, Leon Gray was a rock in the back pocket and named best for the Saints.
“Every time the ball comes within their vicinity, you can bet your bottom dollar they’re going to end up with it,” Dickenson said.
Jamie Cunninghame finished in the best players and Dickenson said his high work rate on the training track was paying dividends during games.
In the end, BITS went down by 28 points, the team running out of puff, according to the coach.
“They ran harder than us and were a bit more skilful,” Dickenson said.
“We’re not losing by much, around the four-goal mark, but we haven’t played our best footy as of yet.”
Yaralla Mudcrabs were given a touch-up by Brothers Roost on the weekend, the Gladstone side capitulating by 102 points.
Mudcrabs coach Aaron Barrett offered no excuses for the loss, as the Muddies were near full strength.
“We were extremely disappointing and convincingly outplayed,” Barrett said. “It was our worst loss for the year given. We only had one or two players out.”
Five goals to zip in the first quarter didn’t bode well, but the Muddies nailed the first three after the break and with a rev-up from Barrett, the team got to within eight points of the Roost.
“Then we just switched off, there was no running, no chasing,” Barrett said.
A shining light has been under-17s player Jack Byrne, who’s been lining up in the back pocket and has cemented his place in the A-grade team.
“His performance since coming into the senior side has been first class, and he’ll be the first picked this week,” Barrett said.
Other players who could hold their heads high included Stuart Seager, who never gave in, and Aaron Patton dominated in the ruck after moving into the position after half-time.
“We’ll try and get them playing as a team this weekend,” Barrett said.
Yeppoon 14.10. 94 defeated 10.6.66, Brothers Roos 19.19.133 defeated Yaralla Mudcrabs 4.7.31.