Mudcrabs charity day hoped to have raised around $7000
A HEAVY downpour during the women's match of the Gladstone Mudcrabs Charity and Family Day resulted in an extremely low scoring game and there were fewer people in the crowd than anticipated - but everyone involved was still very happy.
Gladstone Mudcrabs president Michael Galonski said the fundraiser for the Mount Larcom Rural Fire Brigade had been a success.
"We haven't counted up the money yet but I am expecting to get around $7000," he said.
"(The fire brigade is) trying to get power on and that will nearly pay for half of it.
"They had the fire trucks down at the family fun day and the kids loved it. They climbed all over it."
There were nine games of Aussie Rules between cross town rivals, the Muddies and Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints.
The women copped the worst of the conditions with a heavy downpour minutes before they ran onto the field.
The two teams struggled to keep clean possession with a muddy ball and soft ground to deal with.
Muddies were the first team to score with a goal in the first quarter.
They scored a behind in the second and third quarter and managed to keep the Saints scoreless until the last.
In the last, Bits scored another two behinds and the Saints managed to kick a goal.
The result finished with the Muddies on 10 and the Saints on 6.
Despite the low scoring affair, Muddies captain Emma Aeschlimann said it was the best game of the season.
"The score didn't reflect how hard we played," she said.
"It was a great game because we were assisting each other.
"There was not a lot of possession but we were backing each other up with shepherds when we couldn't keep the ball off the ground."
The win puts the Mudcrabs into second spot on the ladder, one win away from Glenmore. Aeschlimann said the team had to bridge the gap between themselves and the ladder leaders.
"Glenmore have been playing together for a while now and we basically have a whole new team this season," she said.
"The new girls are stepping up. Our defensive game is our strongest part we just need to work a bit more on scoring."
It was a different result in the men's seniors match with the Saints beating the Mudcrabs 109-60.
Saints Seniors coach Aaron Fabian also thought it was the best game his team had played all season.
"We were so hungry to win that football game and win the ball in the one on ones," he said.
"After the two weeks off it was good to get out there and play footy."
In the coach's first game back, Fabian bagged five goals to add to his excitement.
"We put a new spin on our forward line," he said.
"The boys haven't got a name for it yet. It's a different structure."
In the reserves (pictured above, in their uniform, from Facebook) the Mudcrabs defeated the Saints 90-44 to stay two wins clear on the ladder.
Muddies coach Danny Andjelkovic was impressed the how many fit players he could fit into his reserves side.
"We ran and carried and overlapped really well. We had a lot of midfield rotations and ran them off their legs," he said.
"BITS will be our main rival for the finals so it's good for our confidence to be 2-0 this season."
In his comeback match for the reserves, Reece Sadleir was dominant with six goals.
"He was unstoppable. They couldn't man up on him," he said.
"Daniel Shipard did well for a while on him but Reece ended up taking control."