Crabs want to claw out win
COME 5pm tomorrow, there will be 22 long faces at Boyne Oval, and 22 rejoicing ones.
In a season-defining clash, Yaralla Gladstone Mudcrabs travel to Boyne to meet BITS Saints, in what has been labelled a must-win game for both clubs looking to cement a spot in the AFL Capricornia competition finals.
Saints and Muddies sit fourth and fifth respectively with three wins apiece, a healthier percentage the only difference.
Muddies coach Aaron Barrett said a turnaround in the team’s mindset had to occur if it was going to play finals footy. And the change had to come this week.
“We’re a mathematical chance to make the finals,” he said.
Saints coach Adam Dickenson said he expected his players to hit the ground running.
“If we can play as good as we did last week, with the same intensity, we’ll go all right,” Dickenson said.
“It’s a must-win for us, and we need to get one from this round.”
Both coaches believe they have the game plan to win.
Barrett said he had plenty of faith in the players to lift themselves for the game.
“Talent wise, we’ve got it, but we seem to be lacking something mentally and we need to find it,” Barrett said.
Rating his team as the fastest in the competition, Barrett said this needed to translate on the park, as well as making better decisions when they counted.
“Last weekend, we were clearly better than our opposition for three quarters, but the lack of discipline let us down,” he said.
“We’ve got to get away from it (undisciplined play) and get back to just playing footy. If we do that, we’ll be hard to beat.”
For BITS, it will come down to whether their defence can continue to instigate the attacking play, and the quick movement through the corridor to their leading forwards, Dickenson said.
Barrett said he will be allowing his players more of a free rein to take the game on when the opportunity arises. With both teams in desperate need of a win, the four points will be invaluable, but a draw is not out of the question.