Rejuvenated Muddies rattle Saints
ONE goal separated BITS Saints and Muddies when the final siren went at Boyne on Saturday evening, after an entertaining duel between the rival clubs in the AFL Capricornia women's competition.
A Muddies side took to the field with more confidence than the outfit soundly thrashed last year by the Saints and this showed in the way they attacked the ball and weren't intimidated by last year's premiers.
A focus on foot skills at Muddies training has seen them improve this aspect of their game this year.
The match was a physical affair but played in a good spirit and the Saints class and ability to produce shots at goal was probably the difference in the end.
Full forward Bianca Box got the home team ahead with a couple of quick goals in the first quarter after Muddies kicked the first major, and the game turned into an old fashioned arm wrestle as neither side could dominate on the scoreboard.
Muddies had trouble containing Saints midfield gun Megan Hunt, who did plenty of damage in the middle of the field.
Saints coach Nathan Shippard said, considering the match was the first real hitout for both teams, the standard was very high.
“Our girls played very well; they were running the ball, getting numbers to the contest and helping each other out,” Shippard said.
Shippard said the players were moving the ball on quickly by hand or foot as they'd been instructed to do at training.
“Muddies look like they're going to have a good side and it'll be pretty competitive amongst us,” he said.
Muddies coach Darryl Eilola was proud of his side and told them they should hold their heads high.
The Saints' best players were Sarena Keleher, Megan Hunt, Hayley Beaumont and centre half-back Ricci Lee.
For Muddies, Emma Aeschlimann did an exceptional job in the ruck, Gillian Ashe was a constructive player at half forward, and Sam Coles kicked a few special goals from full forward.
Score: BITS Saints 5.7 (37) def Muddies 5.1 (31).