Muddies seek second win in clash against Panthers
THE Gladstone Mudcrabs are hoping to claim their second win of the season when they take on the Rockhampton Panthers at home in Round 5 of the AFL Capricornia premiership this weekend.
The Muddies notched their first win last weekend, against Brothers, by 56 points at Kele Park. Panthers also managed to emerge victorious last Saturday over arch rival the Glenmore Bulls.
Gladstone president Darryl Eilola is expecting a pretty "close tussle".
"We should go alright, we have the team to do it," he said.
"It just depends how they go on the day. If they stand up like they did last week, everything should go well."
At Boyne Island, reigning premiers BITS Saints play bottom-placed Club Brothers. BITS were beaten for the first time by the Yeppoon Swans last Saturday and are keen to assert their dominance in the league again.
BITS coach Damien Lyon said he hoped to bounce back in a big way.
"I hope the guys will be more switched on this week," he said.
"I want the guys to get it right and get back to the game plans."
But despite the Brothers being at the bottom of the ladder, he said he wasn't taking the game lightly.
"You never know with this competition," he said.
"We have a pretty good side though and I am confident we can beat them."
Lyon said he was happy to have a few of his key players - Aaron Fabian, Jarrod Waglan, Daniel Hunt and Kyle Enery - back on the field.
But most interest will be on leading goalkicker Luke O'Shea (23 goals for the season) and his attempt at the League leading goalscorer award.