BITS Saints and Swans set to deliver a pre-finals classic
AUSSIE RULES: If there's ever a statement match, this is it.
BITS Saints are presented with the perfect chance to show that it's a genuine premiership contender when it faces the Yeppoon Swan juggernaut today at 2.30pm at BITS Oval.
BITS Oval hosts the AFL Capricornia grand final and what better way to send a message and give the Swans something to think about?
Yes, the grand final is not until September 1 and there are the talented Glenmore Bulls and Rockhampton Panthers who will both be keen to have a say.
But this afternoon promises so much and much like the epic clash back in round two when the Swans survived to win by nine points in what was a low-scoring stoush.
"The team is at 95 per cent full strength and just missing Danny Conway and Sam I'Anson," BITS playing-coach Jake Mostert said.
"We will be looking to make a statement on how physical we can be and we won't be bullied and bumped.
"We will be imposing ourselves on the football and showing that we are a real contender for the premiership and not just competing for second."
Mostert said the versatile Jacob Mills was likely to match up on Swan dynamo Jake King, centre Brock Rothe will go to Swan Nick Hay and powerhouse Daniel Clay will go head-to-head against Brad Richards.
Recruit Milton Miskin will be assigned the task against gun Yeppoon goal-kicker Thomas Cossens (55 goals in seven games) and Saints speedster Trent Millar has a massive job to stop James Malone who has booted 53 goals in eight matches. Mostert believes the addition of Brendan Clarke, captain Steve Pugh and Jamie Cunninghame will help BITS Saints to transition the ball from defence and into attack through the Swan "full zone web".
"We will improve our mobility and skills to penetrate forward and going forward, it's crucial we put pressure on the scoreboard regularly. We can't allow easy rebounds for our hard work."
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