CAUGHT OUT: Jack Ranger takes a mark over his opposition playing in the final round of Aussie Rules action between the BITS Saints and Gladstone Mudcrabs at Boyne Island Oval.
CAUGHT OUT: Jack Ranger takes a mark over his opposition playing in the final round of Aussie Rules action between the BITS Saints and Gladstone Mudcrabs at Boyne Island Oval. Jake Jones

Jack finds home in ruck after stacking on some height

JACK Ranger was one of the smaller players in his team when he began playing for the BITS Saints when he was in under-9s, but after taking a couple of years off from the sport he returned towering over a lot of players.

It has led to the 15-year-old being the first player put in position for the last four seasons.

Jack is slotted straight into the ruck position, in a sport he has grown to love, and dominates in the Capricornia competition.

"In under-9s there were kids towering over me; now I am twice the size," he laughed.

"When I was younger they put me where they needed me but now they just put me in the ruck, it works quite well."

Jack isn't stuck in the middle of the field, moving forward as well to kick a few goals with his high level kicking skills.

He has been working hard on latching onto the ball a bit better in the air though, knowing he needed to work on the skill.

"I actually have the worst hands, I suck at catching," he said.

"It is just this year I have been better all round."

The improvement has helped BITS to second in the competition with the completion of the final round.

The Saints ended the year with a solid win over the Gladstone Mudcrabs under-15 side.

The next step is a match-up with the Yeppoon Swans, which Jack said will be a tough match, but one BITS can win.

"We beat them once this year, but they were missing their best player," he said.

"We will then play Gladstone again if we don't win because they will beat fourth I think, unless they get too cocky."



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