Gladstone Mudcrabs utility Jack Byrne moves the ball forward.
Gladstone Mudcrabs utility Jack Byrne moves the ball forward.

Muddies need to regroup after 115-point loss

THE Gladstone Mudcrabs Aussie Rules team needs to regroup this week after a 115-point loss to the Yeppoon Swans on Saturday.

The loss moves the Muddies out of the top four, forcing them to win a do or die match against Boyne Island Tannum Sands this weekend to have any chance of playing in the finals.

Muddies player Jack Byrne said they started well and went into quarter time ahead by four points.

"We took it to them in the first quarter with some old school man-on-man footy," he said.

"It all fell apart after the first quarter."

Yeppoon kicked eight unanswered goals in the second quarter to kick away to a 46-point lead.

The class of the Swans was rising to the top.

"They run in numbers and brought everyone into the game around them," Byrne said.

"That's something we have struggled to do week in, week out."

The third quarter mirrored the second with the Swans kicking nine goals to two.

A grey-haired female Swans supporter began heckling the Muddies players, telling one of them it was time he had a beer.

"This is just a training drill. The next drill is a bit of circle work please boys," she said.

Byrne said most of the Swans players had been playing together since they were juniors.

"It was a footy master class to their credit," he said.

"We run out of legs in the end and they could have gone on for another quarter.

"We just need to get around each other and get around the reserves that are going to finish first.

"All will go to training and get ready to beat BITS this weekend."



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