Mudcrabs still bottom despite win

YARALLA Mudcrabs still sit in bottom spot of the AFL Capricornia A-grade ladder despite a win against third-placed Glenmore Bulls in Gladstone at the weekend.

News was no better for BITS Saints, who recorded another loss when they played away against the Panthers.

The Panthers win boosted the Rockhampton team into fourth position, leaving Muddies and 2009 finalists BITS to sit alongside each other as cellar-dwellers after round 12.

Both teams have struggled to find consistent results this season, as Yeppoon and Rockhampton teams have dominated the ladder from the start.

However, both are still within reach of a finals birth if results go their way in the remaining three rounds.

Two points behind at half-time, the Bulls couldn’t put one away in the third period as Gladstone ran off to a six-goal lead.

Glenmore struck back in the fourth but it wasn’t enough, giving the Muddies the much-needed 17.4 (106) to 14.7 (91) win.

Reece Sadleir topped the scoring for the home team with seven goals – an effort coach Aaron Barrett described as phenomenal.

“He must have taken about 12 contested marks,” Barrett said.

The coach was optimistic about the Bulls’ finals chances but conceded the spot was not likely to be decided until the final round, when they face local rivals BITS, on August 7.

Lucas Hall tried to help his BITS team compete during its eight-goal drubbing by the Panthers, putting four goals away from full forward, but it wasn’t enough as the Rockhampton squad led from start to finish, ending the game 18.9 (117) to 10.11 (77) ahead.

In the other game Brothers almost guaranteed they will finish the rounds in top spot after they defeated second-placed Yeppoon to stretch their competition lead to eight points.

The Swans were just in front at half-time, 4.4 (28) to 5.6 (37).

However, poor accuracy by Yeppoon’s kickers ensured the ’Roost finished ahead 10.7 (67) to 7.14 (56).

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