It'll be on: Sants v Muddies

REGARDLESS the ladder position of both teams, the clashes beteween BITS Saints and Mudcrabs always possess one ingredient: intensity.

The Saints sit atop the AFL Capricornia heap and are yet to be bested in 2011, while Muddies are lodged in fourth and getting gradually better.

BITS Saints coach Al Watkin knows full well the rivalry between the two clubs brings out the best in players and today’s match will be no different.

 “They always play above themselves when they play us; it doesn’t matter how either team is going at the time,” Watkin said.

Earlier this year, the Saints got over the top of the cross town rivals, putting the game out of reach of the Muddies with a domineering third quarter.

“They stayed with us for a half last time and I think they’ve improved since then,” he said.

“It seems the longer the season goes, other teams are catching up to us.”

Frantic training sessions remain a priority at the Saints and the coach has had the players put their foot down with finals bearing down on the competition.

“The boys are training really hard; we’re not tapering off at all, which has been really good,” Watkin said.

Today they’re without Adam Dickenson, who’s been in tremendous form, captain Nathan Shipard, young gun Dan Hunt and spearhead John Beirouti for the match. But with the second side also undefeated and travelling well, talent runs deep, and dynamic half-forward Luke Tennant is one player back into the Saints line-up Muddies will have to clamp down on if they’re to get the points.

“We’ve been able to bring a few players up from the reserves who’ve been playing and we’ll have a pretty good side on the field,” he said.

Muddies coach Jason Chirgwin will be wanting consistency and a four-quarter effort for his charges. The longer the season has gone the gap between the side’s best and worst during games has closed and a few experienced players back in the fold brings with them a bit more mettle.

Closing down the running game of the Saints and being able to isolate defenders is the main task for the Muddies as they attempt to end the run of Saints’ wins.

As for knocking of the league leader, Chrigwin believes it’s as much about the players sticking to their style and not focussing too heavily on what the opponents are doing.

“I think we need to worry about our own game and not the opposition so much,” he said.

“And we need to win the ball. Get to it first and we’ve got a shot.”

REGARDLESS of ladder position, BITS Saints and Mudcrabs clashes always possess one ingredient: intensity.

The Saints sit atop the AFL Capricornia heap and are yet to be bested in 2011, while Muddies are lodged in fourth and getting gradually better.

BITS Saints coach Al Watkin knows full well the rivalry between the two clubs brings out the best in players and today’s match will be no different.

 “They always play above themselves when they play us; it doesn’t matter how either team is going at the time,” Watkin said.

Earlier this year, the Saints got over the top of the cross town rivals, putting the game out of reach of the Muddies with a domineering third quarter.

“They stayed with us for a half last time and I think they’ve improved since then,” he said.

“It seems the longer the season goes, other teams are catching up to us.”

Frantic training sessions remain a priority at the Saints and the coach has had the players put their foot down with finals bearing down on the competition.

“The boys are training really hard; we’re not tapering off at all, which has been really good,” Watkin said.

Today they’re without Adam Dickenson, who’s been in tremendous form, captain Nathan Shipard, young gun Dan Hunt and spearhead John Beirouti for the match. But with the second side also undefeated and travelling well, talent runs deep, and dynamic half-forward Luke Tennant is one player back into the Saints line-up Muddies will have to clamp down on if they’re to get the points.

“We’ve been able to bring a few players up from the reserves who’ve been playing and we’ll have a pretty good side on the field,” he said.

Muddies coach Jason Chirgwin will be wanting consistency and a four-quarter effort for his charges. The longer the season has gone the gap between the side’s best and worst during games has closed and a few experienced players back in the fold brings with them a bit more mettle.

Closing down the running game of the Saints and being able to isolate defenders is the main task for the Muddies as they attempt to end the run of Saints’ wins.

As for knocking of the league leader, Chrigwin believes it’s as much about the players sticking to their style and not focussing too heavily on what the opponents are doing.

“I think we need to worry about our own game and not the opposition so much,” he said.

“And we need to win the ball. Get to it first and we’ve got a shot.”



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