Saints go marching in
“WE’RE ready and keen to go.”
BITS Saints have finalised preparations for the AFL Capricornia Grand Final, Brothers ‘Roos, going through a light run last night.
Saints coach Adam Dickenson said the team were looking to repeat the performances of the past few weeks on Saturday.
“We’re on a bit of a roll and need to keep the momentum going,” he said.
“Now we’ve made it, the feeling is a lot different around the club than five weeks ago when we weren’t sure we’d make the finals.
“The group is pretty quiet, but the last few weeks there’s been a lot more talk around the place.”
Confidence is running high at BITS, after a couple of finals wins see them in a customary position of playing on the last day of the season.
“The Swans president came into our rooms after the game and said, ‘I don’t know how you do it, but you always seem to get there’,” the coach said.
“I’m a hell of a lot more confident than I was four weeks ago.
“We hadn’t beaten Yeppoon for two years before last week, so there’s no reason we can’t beat Brothers.”
AFL Capricornia president John Round said the Saints making the grand final showed you don’t have to be a standout in the home-and-away competition to have an impact come finals time.
“It’s been a very close season,” he said.
“The final spots weren’t decided until the last round and upsets proved the game’s not over until it’s over.”
The Saints haven’t beaten their opponents this year, however the defeats haven’t been hidings, and as much a case of running out of legs than being absolutely outclassed.
AFL Capricornia league best and fairest and leading goalkicker Aiden Colbourne will have to be curtailed if the Saints are to win, Dickenson said, as the damaging player can slam on goals in quick succession.
“They’re a taller, bigger side than the Swans, so we need to keep the ball out of the air and make sure our midfielders get the ball out of the packs and get it moving.”
A consistent feature of the Saints games this year has been the strength of the backline, and at the business end of the year the midfield and forward line have lifted.
Dickenson said even though full forward John Beirouti had kicked six and eight goals in the past two games, the Saints had to find other avenues to goal and not be one-dimensional in attack.
The Saints tasted defeat by a large margin last year against Yeppoon, and players involved in the match remember the despair of losing by 72 point have told the coach the feeling of disappointment was a motivation.
“You don’t want to get and there and lose,” the coach said.
“So hopefully we’re coming home with the flag and proving BITS never go away.”