GALLERY: Final-bound Swans make BITS Saints pay
AUSSIE RULES: BITS Saints reserves will have to do it the hard way to qualify for the AFL Capricornia grand final on September 1.
Saints lost to grand final-bound Yeppoon Swans 11.10 (76) to 8.6 (54) which means they will meet Glenmore Bulls in the preliminary final this Saturday in Rockhampton.
Despite a brilliant solo effort from BITS veteran Darren "Dash" Boase with six goals, the Swannies prevailed, and had an even spread of goal-scorers including Luke Hay (four), Thomas Kunkel (three) and Blair Pearce (two).
It proved to be the difference as the Saints missed injured playing-coach Lucas Hall's presence. And so did some sloppy skills and an unproductive second term when the Saints had use of the breeze.
"Our second quarter hurt us the most when we had the wind and our run stopped," Boase said.
"It was a tough day at the office and we didn't move the ball well at all, but it was better late in the game where we got a few goals late."
The Swans used its home ground to perfection and led by 35 points at three-quarter-time.
To BITS' credit, it left its best to last to outscore Yeppoon 3.3 to 1.1 during the final quarter. Boase played in between full forward and half forward.
The other better players for the Saints were mid-fielders Mitch Webster and Brendan Edwards, Thaiday Reuben, and Brendan Huth.
Meanwhile Yeppoon Swans A-grade secured a grand final spot with a hard-fought 35-point win against Glenmore Bulls.
It was a tight first half before the Swans booted 7.6 to 2.4 in the second half. Bulls will now meet BITS Saints in the preliminary final as well.
Rockhampton Panthers women beat Glenmore to progress to the decider. Bulls will also meet Saints in the women's preliminary final.