Saints face test away
AUSSIE RULES: Boyne Island-Tannum Sands Saints will be without several key players for tomorrow's crucial game against resurgent Glenmore Bulls in Rockhampton.
Saints coach Alan Watkin told the Observer however that it will still be a strong side to take on the Tim Higgins-led Bulls from 2.15pm.
"We have a number of injuries and players away but will still be OK,” Watkin said.
The men from the "Island” rebounded from a 71-point loss against Yeppoon Swans in round two to thump Rockhampton Panthers last weekend by 105 points.
The Bulls recorded their first win against Gladstone Mudcrabs with Higgins booting six and key-forward Shayne Fowler with four majors.
"We will certainly be keeping a close eye on Higgins,” Watkin said.
The coach also suggested that in-form defender Brendan Clarke is likely to get the job on Fowler.
Half-back Jake Mostert returns for the Saints and Watkin said young guns Kane Haua and Jackson Mangion are away on representative duties.
Classy midfielder Daniel Clay and regular ruckman Ky Hull are also injured.
"Ky will be having scans on his knee and Dale Clarke will replace him in ruck while Adam Dickinson, who is an older player, is likely to play in midfield,” Watkin said.
He added the team has been working hard on skill after being shown up by the Swans.
"We're working very hard to improve our skill level, but a win is not a given,” Watkin said.