AUSSIE RULES: While the Gladstone Mudcrabs' men's team will sit out this season's AFL Capricornia season, the club's women are destined for bigger things.
Muddies captain Chelsea Smith said the new-look side has already exceeded expectations and anything else will be a bonus.
That, of course, includes victory against Rockhampton Kangaroos, in today's do-or-die semi-final from 5pm in Rocky's Stenlake Park.
"With all finals football, it all comes down to how well you play on the day and we had a great last few weeks and seem to be getting better and better," the in-form Smith said.
"We're pretty much a whole new team and we only have a few of the original girls left, but it seems each week they seem to improve and get better and better and I can't fault them."
Gladstone Mudcrabs have had the perfect preparation with a fighting draw last weekend against BITS Saints and a six-point victory against Yeppoon Swans a week earlier.
The Kangaroos hold a 2-1 advantage in the regular season, but Smith said newcomers such as Emily Kirkwood and Kara Hayden-Brooks has given Muddies energy.
The tough previous weeks will stand Mudcrabs in good stead for finals footy according to Smith.
"I think the girls will be ready to go out and have a good crack at winning anyway," she said.
Meanwhile BITS Saints are in a cut-throat semi-final against reigning premiers Rocky Panthers from 12.30pm and Muddies under-17s face Panthers from 11am.
Both games are also on today at Stenlake Park.