Mudcrabs’ Nick Stanley gets a kick away against the Panthers on Saturday.
Mudcrabs’ Nick Stanley gets a kick away against the Panthers on Saturday. Brenda Strong

Last chance to secure finals spot

GLADSTONE’S AFL teams have one last chance to get a finals berth in the AFL Capricornia competition.

Yaralla Mudcrabs and BITS Saints suffered defeats on the weekend, and will be going all out this Saturday to ensure their season lasts one more week.

BITS Saints took on top side Brothers and BITS coach Adam Dickenson said his side managed to stay in touch, with only three goals separating them going into the three-quarter break.

“We were playing well, but I think we just ran out of legs in the end. That was the main reason we dropped off,” Dickenson said.

Until that point Dickenson was pleased with how the players had performed.

The coach said Dan Hunt, Craig Shippard and Paul Caveny were the best players for BITS.

Yaralla Mudcrabs coach Aaron Barrett said his team was slow out of the blocks against Panthers and spent much of the game clawing their way back.

“We kicked the first two goals of the last quarter and got to within a goal. We just stopped with 10 minutes to go,” he said.

Aaron Patton dominated in the ruck for the Muddies, and Rusty Barnaby and Jack Byrne,

under-17s players, put in stout performances.

Saturday’s results:

Brothers 17.9.111 defeated BITS Saints 10.9.69.

Panthers 16.11.107 defeated Gladstone Mudcrabs 11.9.75.



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