Sport

BITS Saints ready after long pre-season

HARD SLOG: BITS Saints are ready to fly in season 2017.
HARD SLOG: BITS Saints are ready to fly in season 2017. Mike Richards GLA270816PAFL

AFL: After enduring an almost four-month pre-season, Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints coach Alan Watkin says his troops are chomping at the bit to begin the 2017 AFL Capricornia season.

BITS Saints have been training since early January with all that hard work about to come to fruition Saturday afternoon at BITS Oval at 3:20pm.

The Saints have a Round One match-up against Rockhampton Brothers Kangaroos and although frustrated at the lengthy delay to begin the season, Watkin fancies the Saints' chances at Boyne Island.

"We're confident we can kick the season off with a win,” Watkin said.

"We don't know exactly what we are up against but that's pretty standard.

"I think we'll have their measure because we've had a long pre-season.

"We've been training since the first week of January... it's the longest pre-season I've ever been involved in.”

With the regular season not due to wrap up until the second weekend of August, Watkin still has an eye on September glory.

"Our eye is on the big prize and there's no reason why we can't be totally successful by the end of the year,” he said.

"Being competitive week to week is the primary objective but the main goal is to actually win the premiership.”

Watkin says last year's premiers, Yeppoon Swans definitely remain the team to beat in 2017.

"The reports are that they've maintained and picked up a couple of players like we have,” he said.

"That will bolster our side but they are certainty the benchmark and that's what we are looking to measure ourselves against.”

Topics:  afl capricornia bits saints bits saints football club



Wintry chill blasts Gladstone in coldest day of the year

It was a little bit chilly in Gladstone this morning.

Adani accuses Aurizon of 'stifling hope' in regional Qld

Aurizon says they can build a Galilee Basin coal line for $1bn less than Adani

Rail war breaks out between Adani and Aurizon

Local Partners

Anthony LaPaglia steps out with new fiancee

Screen legend Anthony LaPaglia has confirmed his engagement to his much younger girlfriend, Alexandra Henkel

Ronan Keating a dad for fourth time

Ronan Keating and Storm Keating.

Bouncing baby boy for Boyzone star

Lion King remake well under way

Seth Rogen.

More Lion King remake cast members revealed

Splendour auctions VIP passes for flood appeal

Crowd at Splendour in the Grass 2016.  Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Each pass will have a reserve price of $500

The pic that could cost Khloe Kardashian $200k

Khloe Kardashian has admitted she "loves" watching porn, but doesn't think her family are famous purely because of her sister Kim Kardashian West's sex tape.

Khloe Kardashian has been slapped with a $A200,750 lawsuit

Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme dies

Director Jonathan Demme, 73, has died of cancer. He is pictured here attending the premiere of "Song One" in New York.

TRIBUTES have poured in for the Oscar-winning director.

Falling rents could spell doom for housing prices

What if I told you housing in Australia was getting cheaper?

Couple gets rich renovating run-down city homes

RENO RADICALS: Baden and Nelson Marino-Hall have turned three Toowoomba homes around for profit, saying the Garden City was a haven for renovators like themselves.

The couple has already turned around three homes

Townhouse pitch raises questions over 'high density'

BIG PLANS: Residents have a chance to offer their opinion on plans to build 42 townhouses at Raceview.

Developer plans 42 townhouses for Ipswich suburb

7 million dollar city homes for sale right now

3 Keira Court, Blue Mountain Heights.

Here are seven of Toowoomba's best, and most expensive, houses

'Raping and pillaging': Landlord's anger with nightmare cost

Chris Duane, who is chairman of the body corporate for Terralina Court, says insurance companies are charging too much for premiums.

BODY corporate boss unleashes on huge costs dumped on home owners.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!