Muddies may miss finals series after patchy season
AFTER playing in a grand final last year, Reece Sadlier was looking forward to an attempt at repeating the feat in 2013, only this time as captain of his Gladstone Mudcrabs side.
But 13 matches later, Sadlier and his team have not enjoyed the same form that they had last season, and are instead looking at missing the finals series altogether.
Sadlier knows what that is like, having played for the Mudcrabs since arriving in Gladstone eight years ago, and having patchy success with the club.
"We have been going well the last few years but we have not always gone that well," he said.
The 24-year-old came back into the Gladstone side for the stellar 2012 season after playing only two matches in 2011 and injuring his shoulder in both games, coincidentally local games against BITS.
"I had to sit out a season, I got a shoulder reconstruction in 2011 so I had a full season last year and then this year," he said.
His performances last year then paved his way to becoming captain of the squad.
Despite the poor year, he is adamant that the squad are out to win their last two games and enjoy playing AFL.
"I think we are all out now, we are still going to put in 100% in the two we have left," Sadlier said.
Given his different role this year, Sadlier has moved around a lot between the forward line, a position he has occupied for the majority of his career, and the midfield where he has had to adapt to the play.
Regardless of the form, Sadlier is already looking forward to next year, which has the potential to bring in some more players with the industry turnover.
And if that is not motivation enough, Sadlier will be out to top the local rivals BITS Saints.
"We always have good battles with them," he said. "I'll play until I have to stop."
- Age: 24
- Position: Forward/Midfield
- Team: Gladstone Mudcrabs
- 2013 Goals: 28
- 2013 matches: 13