IN FRONT: Saint Benjamin Parker plays is ahead of Anthony Barker of the Mudcrabs.
IN FRONT: Saint Benjamin Parker plays is ahead of Anthony Barker of the Mudcrabs. Nick Kossatch GLA030917RESERVES

WATCH: Quick BITS end Muddies' season

AUSSIE RULES: A searing first quarter surge helped set up BITS Saints to a resounding 55-point win against arch-enemy Gladstone Mudcrabs.

The win puts the Saints into the AFL Capricornia reserves grand final against Yeppoon Swans.

 

BITS midfield was way too slick, much harder and smarter against a side that waited for things to happen.

It never did as the Saints marched to a commanding position at half-time.

Darren 'Dash' Boase used all of his guile and experience to boot four goals while his Saints' team-mate Lucas Hall was the perfect foil with three.

Alex Totton and Adam Dickensen were superb in the middle of the ground and veteran Keith Bilson mopped anything across half-back.

 

When Brendan Huth slotted the Saints' eighth early in the second term into the breeze, the game was effectively over for the Muddies.

The visitors had a glimmer of hope when a brace of goals to Michael Keller and Zac Jahn either side of half-time, but Boase showed his magic when his snap over his right shoulder went through the uprights.

BITS coach Andrew McMahon was proud as punch after the match.

"It was a solid four quarters and we really wanted to come out and win the hard ball in the middle and got the ball going our way to set the game up," he said.

BITS Saints' run and carry was a treat and McMahon said that this aspect of the game was a primary focus.

"That was sort of the game plan and we sort of been wanting to win the ball on our own merits, retain the ball and that was the way we focussed all week," McMahon said.

"Adam Dickensen was best on ground and he shut down Thaiday (Reuben), their good ball winner in the middle and I thought our backline was solid.

 

"It was a team effort and that was what footy's about."

Mudcrabs' playing coach Shaun McClure was perhaps his team's best player along with Reuben and Josh Roati who battled hard in ruck.

"Their midfield was great and we tried hard, but probably left our worst game until last," Roati said.

SCORES

BITS Saints 12.11 (83) d Gladstone Mudcrabs 4.4 (28)



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