Veterans and pace added to BITS side for Rockhampton clash
AUSSIE RULES: BITS Saints coach Jake Mostert said the club's depth will stand it in good stead in this afternoon's first semi-final against Rockhampton Panthers at Kele Park in Rocky.
The winner of this cutthroat final will play the loser of next week's second semi-final between Yeppoon Swans and Glenmore Bulls.
Even though the Saints will be without goal-sneak Sam Pierpoint, Brock Rothe, ruckman Sam I'Ianson, mid-forward Daniel Clay, utility Jacob Mills and defender Gradey Gill, Mostert said the ins are quality.
"They have all played A-grade before and have proven that they can do their bit, so not too concerned about them not bringing enough to the table," he said.
"They will bring plenty."
The coach said the key to winning the final was to make the most of scoreboard pressure.
"We really need to make sure that when we do go inside 50 is to put runs on the board," he said.
Mostert noted that to have a 25 per cent conversion rate - as BITS did against Glenmore two weeks ago - would not cut it against Panthers who welcome back gun midfielder Michael Kreun.
The experience of Keith Bilston in defence and Lucas Hall as a deep forward will be key while Callum Dominguez, Thaiday Reuben and Ryan Shanks will add speed off the bench.
"I'm pretty confident and we will go hard and it will be a pretty good day I think," Mostert said.
Game time is at 2.05pm.
BIG DAY OUT
U13: 8am Panthers v Gladstone
U15: 9.15am BITS v Glenmore
U17: 10.40am Panthers v Brothers
Reserves: 12.15pm Glenmore v Brothers
Seniors: 2.05pm BITS v Panthers
Women: 4.15pm BITS v Brothers