ON TOP: BITS Saints captain Stephen Pugh and Brothers player Connor West fight for the ball in a willing contest on Saturday.
ON TOP: BITS Saints captain Stephen Pugh and Brothers player Connor West fight for the ball in a willing contest on Saturday. Chris Ison ROK150418cafl4

Saints get the job done in first game

AUSSIE RULES: At times it wasn't pretty and Rockhampton Brothers challenged.

But BITS Saints have started the AFL Capricornia season with a four-goal win at Kele Park on Saturday.

The first few minutes was torrid and an arm wrestle, but Saints found the ascendancy with three first-quarter goals in a five-minute burst via Brendan Clarke, Keith Bilston and Jamie Cunninghame on way to a 10.11 (71) to 7.5 (47) win.

Respective Wiston Grange and Echunga recruits Danny Conway and Brocke Rothe shone for the Saints with sublime debuts in the midfield.

BITS playing coach Jake Mostert said things that have been focussed on during training - came into fruition against an improved opponent.

Bits player Jake Mostert in the AFL game against Brothers at Kele Park.
Bits player Jake Mostert in the AFL game against Brothers at Kele Park. Chris Ison ROK150418cafl3

"In terms of our team, there were plenty of positives in terms of our willingness to work the handball out of trouble where we didn't just blaze away," he said.

"I thought that then transferred into good foot skills and we were willing to take 29-25m kicks laterally or through the midfield."

Tall Ky Hull booted two goals as did speedy Callum Dominguez, who doubled up from the reserves match. Saints skipper Stephen Pugh ran all day and Gradey Gill showed serious pace while Jacob Mills was tireless in ruck.

Brothers player Luke Rumpf and Bits player Steven Pugh sprint for a loose ball in the AFL game against Bits at Kele Park.
Brothers player Luke Rumpf and Bits player Steven Pugh sprint for a loose ball in the AFL game against Bits at Kele Park. Chris Ison ROK150418cafl2

Mostert described Mills as an 'extra midfielder'. "He gives us so much as a ruckman and went all day in the ruck," he said. "Not only is he a ruckman, but once the ball hits the deck, he's another on-baller and he's very versatile and gets around the ground very well and his fitness is pretty good."

Mostert expects former Mudcrabs midfielder Sam Schofield to spend more minutes in midfield in coming games as he recovers from a calf strain.

BITS are at home against Yeppoon Swans in a grand final re-match and the official opening of the new clubrooms at BITS Oval this Saturday.

AFL CAPRICORNIA RESULTS

A-grade

Yeppoon A Grade 3.1, 5.3, 11.3, 17.4 (106) d Glenmore A Grade 0.1, 4.2, 4.2, 6.4 (40)

GOALS, Yeppoon A Grade : James Malone 7, Jake Gallagher 3, Nicholas Hay 2, Jesse Barnes 2, Nicholas Clay 1, Jesse Malone 1, Bradley Myles Richards 1

Glenmore A Grade : James Goodman 1, Jackson Rabbas 1, Tyler Hodgens 1, Sam Hooper 1, Jackson Thirkettle 1, Timothy Higgins 1

BEST, Yeppoon A Grade : James Malone, Shaun Connor, Grant Van Rooyen, Bradley Myles Richards, Jesse Malone, Jake Gallagher

Glenmore A Grade : Timothy Higgins, Matthew Cameron, Jackson Thirkettle, James Hoseason-Smith, Brandon Diplock, William Van Waveren

BITS A Grade 3.0, 5.2, 7.7, 10.11 (71) d Brothers A Grade 0.1, 2.3, 2.4, 7.5 (47)

GOALS, BITS A Grade : Callum Dominguez 2, Ky Hull 2, Tyson McMahon 1, Keith Bilston 1, Brendan Clarke 1, Jamie Cunninghame 1, Steven Pugh 1, Jake Mostert 1

Brothers A Grade : Scott Smithwick 2, Connor West 2, Thomas Shackleton 1, Luke Rumpf 1, Alex Rankine 1

BEST, BITS A Grade : Danny Conway, Brock Rothe, Steven Pugh, Gradey Gill, Jacob Mills

Brothers A Grade : Brayden Anwyl, Luke Ferguson, Matthew Jones, Jarrod Donovan, Connor West

Panthers A Grade 6.5, 12.5, 17.9, 23.12 (150) d Gladstone A Grade 0.0, 0.2, 1.2, 4.3 (27)

GOALS, Panthers A Grade : Clinton Evans 5, Sam Gudgeon 4, Josh Slater 3, Travis Applewaite 3, Aran Kneen 2, Michael Kreun 2, Haidyn Thomas 1, Clinton Sutton 1, Levi Davenport 1, Matthew Ryan 1

Gladstone A Grade : Sam Barkley 2, Rodney Phillips 2

BEST, Panthers A Grade : Matthew Ryan, Michael Kreun, Levi Davenport, Travis Applewaite, Kale Oxenham, Travis Young

Gladstone A Grade : n/a

Women

Panthers Women 4.1, 6.1, 7.1, 9.1 (55) d Gladstone Women 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 (0)

GOALS, Panthers Women : Jessica Stewart 4, Madyson Druery 1, Josephine Anderson 1, Phoebe Donohoe 1, Shontay Hockley 1, Kaitlyn Hawksford 1

Gladstone Women : n/a

BEST, Panthers Women : Nicole Joyce McLaughlin, Jessica Stewart, Josephine Anderson, Brooke Slatter, Shontay Hockley , Imogen Pringle

Yeppoon Women 2.0, 2.4, 2.4, 3.4 (22) d Glenmore Women 1.0, 1.0, 2.2, 3.3 (21)

GOALS, Yeppoon Women : Stephanie Kapetanakis-Fittock 1, Kadie Aaskov 1, Saiapa Tina Garama 1

Glenmore Women :

Rhianna Titmarsh 2, Savannah Edwards 1

BEST, Yeppoon Women :

Lauren Moss, Katie Greenaway, Rileigh Mohamed, Kadie Aaskov, Zara Nolan, Stephanie Kapetanakis-Fittock

Glenmore Women : Donna Davis, Bree Grentell, Bethany Houlihan, Rhianna Titmarsh, Elisha Steffen C&T, Brae Whatmore

BITS Women 0.0, 0.0, 1.1, 1.2 (8) d Brothers Women 0.0, 0.0, 0.1, 1.1 (7)

GOALS, BITS Women : Sophie Ure 1

Brothers Women : Alexis Williams 1

Reserves

Yeppoon Reserves 8.2, 11.3, 18.4, 21.12 (144) d Glenmore Reserves 0.1, 1.1, 1.1, 1.1 (7)

GOALS, Yeppoon Reserves : Morgan Hawke 4, Jack Bailey 3, Thomas Kunkel 3, Luke Hay 2, Noah Cossens 2, Tylor Boyd 1, Jake Meyer 1, Alistair Eccles 1, Nathan Johnson 1, Sam Watkins 1, Corey Moss 1, Marty Sulic-Norton 1 Glenmore Reserves : Shayne Fowler 1

BEST, Yeppoon Reserves : Alistair Eccles, Andrew Louey, Jake Promnitz, Noah Cossens, Tylor Boyd, Morgan Hawke

Glenmore Reserves : Dakota Conlon, Trent Hoare, Lachlan James Moore, Dale Parker, Shane Turner, Neville Sariman

BITS Reserves 5.1, 10.1, 14.4, 14.5 (89) d Brothers Reserves 0.0, 0.0, 1.2, 4.4 (28)

GOALS, BITS Reserves : Lucas Hall 6, Daniel Boase 3, Sam I'Anson 2, Cody Norton 1, Nicholas Kossatch 1, Riley Saatci 1

Brothers Reserves : Cameron Wyatt 1, Troy Burnett 1, Jacob Carroll 1, Ben Swadling 1

BEST, BITS Reserves : Brandon Gillett, Daniel Boase, Keith Bilston, Lucas Hall, Leigh Irvin, Callum Dominguez

Brothers Reserves : Peter Slee, Damon Dessent, Cameron Wyatt, Michael Moore, Jacob Carroll

Panthers Reserves 2.1, 2.3, 3.5, 6.5 (41) d Gladstone Reserves 1.1, 2.2, 3.7, 5.8 (38)

GOALS, Panthers Reserves : Shannon Roati 2, Andrew Kapernick 2, Edwin Chang 2

Gladstone Reserves : n/a

BEST, Panthers Reserves : Heath White, Oakley Thomas, Philip Alley, Blake Malone, Edwin Chang, Trent Jones

Gladstone Reserves : n/a

U17

Yeppoon Under 17 won by forfeit.

BITS Under 17 3.0, 4.5, 6.6, 8.7 (55) d Brothers Under 17 3.2, 4.2, 6.3, 6.5 (41)

GOALS, BITS Under 17 : Blake Stebbings 4, Jacob Rose 1, Broden Pynt 1, Riley Saatci 1, Adam Hull 1

Brothers Under 17 : Eylie Larry-Debney 2, Max Thornton 1, Joel Harris 1, Damon Dessent 1, Hezekiah Fletcher 1

BEST, BITS Under 17 : Darcy Judd, Freddie Stebbings, Blake Stebbings, Broden Pynt, Riley Saatci, Ryan Shanks

Brothers Under 17 : Harry McLeod, Hezekiah Fletcher, Braydon Stock, Brandon Waine, Samuel Kenealy

Panthers Under 17 2.2, 2.8, 5.12, 9.17 (71) d Gladstone Under 17 2.0, 3.0, 3.2, 4.3 (27)

GOALS, Panthers Under 17 : Peter Gyemore 2, Declan Taylor 2, Geila Oth 1, Caesar Duncan 1, James Fitzgerald 1, Thomas Kapernick 1, Ryan McCosker 1

Gladstone Under 17 : Lachlan Elliott 2, Dante Loveland 1, Tallis Stanhope (C&T) 1

BEST, Panthers Under 17 :

Edwin Chang, Peter Gyemore, Declan Taylor, Ryan McCosker, James Fitzgerald

Gladstone Under 17 : n/a

U15

Glenmore Under 15's 3.4, 5.6, 7.8, 10.8 (68) d Yeppoon Under 15's 0.0, 1.1, 1.1, 3.3 (21)

GOALS, Glenmore Under 15's : Thomas Blackborough 3, Jackson Ivey 2, Senna Fuller 2, Lachlan Hallmark 1, Zane Blackborough 1, Psalmoi Gristwood 1

Yeppoon Under 15's : Ashton Mather 1, Lane Herron 1, Mitchell Tucker 1

BEST, Glenmore Under 15's : Noah Baker, Thomas Blackborough , Psalmoi Gristwood, Lachlan Hallmark, Jackson Ivey, Tyela Perry

Yeppoon Under 15's : Ethan Campbell, Samuel Hendrie, Cooper Hoare, Kaelan Humphries, Harry Hersey

B.I.T.S. Under 15's 0.3, 2.4, 4.6, 4.6 (30) d Brothers Under 15's 1.0, 1.2, 2.2, 2.2 (14)

GOALS, B.I.T.S. Under 15's : Adam Hull 2, Brock Rouse 1, Kaiden Jenkins 1

Brothers Under 15's : Kaydon Matthews 1, Sam Guerin 1

BEST, B.I.T.S. Under 15's : Brock Rouse, Rowan Brennan, Noah De Jonckheere, Emmett Case, Jordon Jacobsen, Luke Trezise

Brothers Under 15's : Damien Santangeli, Tom Hutchieson, Sam Guerin, Ernie Tull, Dylan May

Panthers Under 15's 1.2, 4.6, 7.9, 11.13 (79) d Gladstone Under 15's 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 (0)

GOALS, Panthers Under 15's : Cooper England 5, Jasper Petherick 1, William Barwick 1, Dylan McKellar C&T 1, Jonathon Hockley 1, Zackery Minter 1, Cody O'Brien 1

BEST, Panthers Under 15's : Jeremiah Murray, Cooper England, Jaycob Hawke, Caesar Duncan, Jasper Petherick, Xavier Mason

Gladstone Under 15's : Logan Kenzler, Tom Aylett, Lachlan Elliott, Steven Vesel, Callan Burke, Jackson McKay

U13

Yeppoon Under 13 8.5, 14.9, 19.13, 23.15 (153) d Glenmore Under 13 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.1 (1)

GOALS, Yeppoon Under 13 : Cooper Hoare 6, Harrison Tancredi 4, Alessandro Pullan 4, Joshua Wallis 3, Ben O'Brien 2, Fysher Suosaari 1, Frazer Corfield 1, Harry Roth 1, Oliver Miles 1

Glenmore Under 13 : n/a

BEST, Yeppoon Under 13 : Ben O'Brien, Cooper Hoare, Joshua Wallis, Kaelan Humphries, Alex Ceracchi

BITS Under 13 4.2, 9.3, 13.3, 16.7 (103) d Brothers Under 13 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 (0)

GOALS, BITS Under 13 : Brooke Sheridan 5, Lachlan Wembridge 3, Michael Fitzgerald 2, Tyler Pynt 2, Kade Saatci 1, Thomas Dawson 1, Taj Hicks 1, William Raffin 1

BEST, BITS Under 13 : Brooke Sheridan, Ty Fitzgerald, Lachlan Wembridge, William Raffin, Clem Boston

Brothers Under 13 : Tyler Matheson, Thomas Tull, Mitchel O'Regan, Jack Hutchieson, Zac Joyce

Panthers Under 13 1.3, 2.4, 2.6, 4.11 (35) d Gladstone Under 13 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.2 (2)

GOALS, Panthers Under 13 : Jonathon Hockley 2, Tarneesha Von Senden 1, Jacob Petersen 1

BEST, Panthers Under 13 : Elizabeth Fitzgerald C&T, Greg Heni, Hamish Macdonald, Jonathon Hockley, Portia Foley, Zackery Minter

Gladstone Under 13 : Callum Hope, Kaila Kirkwood, Zachary Jephson, Braith Underdown, Kiera O'Connor



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