PLANNING: BITS Saints coach Alan Watkin (back) and captain Jake Mostert plot undefeated Yeppoon Swans' potential downfall ahead of the AFL Capricornia A-grade grand final in Rockhampton.
PLANNING: BITS Saints coach Alan Watkin (back) and captain Jake Mostert plot undefeated Yeppoon Swans' potential downfall ahead of the AFL Capricornia A-grade grand final in Rockhampton. Nick Kossatch GLA070917BITSGRAND

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AUSSIE RULES: BITS Saints enter today's twilight AFL Capricornia grand final against white-hot favourites Yeppoon Swans confident it can cause one of the great upsets.

 

The decider which starts at 4.40pm will be the final game of what will be an action-packed day in which four other BITS Saints teams will play in grand finals at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground.

Talking with the Observer some 20-hours after a lively and sharp training session, Saints' captain Jake Mostert said his team is ready.

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"From the second semi-final our first two-and-a-half quarters were positive because we put pressure on the ball carrier," he said. "But we saw what they did to us in the second half."

The addition of Brendan Clarke, who missed that game, to the back six, will be a huge boost according to Mostert. "The fact is that we didn't have him two weeks ago and to have him back will give us stability in defence as well," the skipper said.

 

Alan Watkin points to the list of premierships. He hopes to add to that list on Saturday.
Alan Watkin points to the list of premierships. He hopes to add to that list on Saturday. Nick Kossatch GLA070917BITSGRAND

Mostert identified the Swans' forward line and midfield as their main strength, but he also said the Saints have been the only side to put any genuine pressure on the minor premiers.

"All the pressure is on them and we have also played some night games this season and the potential advantage to us is that it could be a bit dewy," Mostert added.

Yeppoon Swans coach Mark Wallin said preparations have been flawless.

"We had a good session there (last Saturday in Rockhampton) and we have a full list of players," he said.

FULL MARK WALLIN INTERVIEW HERE

 

FACTS

May 6: Swans 17.12 (114) d Saints 6.7 (43)

June 10: Swans 8.12 (60) d Saints 4.7 (31)

July 22: Swans 12.13 (85) d Saints 5.1 (31)

Aug 26 2nd semi-final: Swans 15.13 (103) d Saints 4.4 (28)

Today: ?

PROGRAM

Rockhampton Cricket Ground

Gates open: 7.30am

U13 8.30am - Saints v Swans

U15 9.45am - Saints v Panthers

U17 11.15am - Saints v Swans

Women 1pm - Glenmore v Panthers

Reserves 2.20pm - Saints v Swans

A-grade 4.40pm - Saints v Swans

TEAMS

BITS Saints

1 Ben Dempsey Forward; left footed classy goal kicker and a good mark.

3 Trent Millar Wing; quick and hard runner from the U17 team. Tall and can rebound well of half back.

5 Jake Mostert (c) The Backline General, creates defence into attack. Team leader and rarely wastes a possession.

6 Jamie Cunninghame Midfielder, hard at the football, can go forward or to the wing.

7 Alex Totton Back Pocket, good reader of the play will match a small forward.

8 Steve Pugh (vc) Class player, hard runner and will play a big role in the centre match ups.

10 Coden Koumides Wing and small forward, elusive around goals.

11 Kane Haua Big game player, great mark and forward target. Can play forward or back.

12 Max Simmonds Utility player can plays forward or back or in the midfield. Good mark and skills

13 Peter Nuku Solomon Islander first year at the Saints, hard and tough winger, the X-factor.

16 Jack Byrne Full Back will take the game on and turn defence into attack.

18 Tyson McMahon Half back flanker who reads the ball very well, good decision maker. Can play up forward and kick goals.

20 Jack Grainger Half back flanker who takes intercept marks and a good tall matchup.

22 Dion Simmons Midfield on-baller with silky skills and can go forward and kick goals.

Yeppoon Swans

Eli Wells - FP. Led the league in goals this year thanks to his strong body and excellent contested marking. If his marks stick he could kick a bag.

Jake King - FF. Has been in excellent form of late kicking 8 goals in the semi-final. Must be stopped if BITS are a chance.

Harrison Boyd - FP. A key part of the swans forward 6. His elite tackling and contested ball winning ability is a massive asset to the Swans team and will go a long way to the Swans performance.

Brad Richards - HFF/mid. A ball winning machine, inside and out with a booming kick off both feet. A real offensive weapon for the Swans.

Trent Croton - CHF. One of the veterans of the young swans brigade. His positioning and smarts around the footy are severely underrated by opposition teams and brings the key players into the game.

Alex Chapman - HFF. Elite skills and pace. Can break a game open with his penetrating foot skills and ability to find the goals. The Swans will look to get him into the game early.

Nathan Milburn - Wing. Constantly find himself with time and space thanks to his fitness and game awareness. Excellent with the ball in his hands.

Jamie Garner - Ruckman, one of 3 Bernie Gotke Medalists this year and has been in superb form all year. Backs up his excellent tap work with elite contested ball winning ability. Look for him to cap off his great year with a big game.

Matt Wallin - Mid, oozes class and consistency. Racks up possessions all over the ground with his superior fitness. Will lead the Swans out today as Captain and will be integral to the teams drive through the middle.

Leigh Cossens - Mid, elite line breaker who wins the ball on the inside and out. Creates many of the overlapping plays for the Swans.

Sam Nicholls - Mid, Superb work rate who wins the contested ball. Loves the inside footy and opens up space for the outside runners. A key part of this Swans team.

Isaac Kielly - Wing, was superb in the semi-final and expect more of the same. Elite delivery with ball in hand and with superior fitness, will get kicks all over the ground.

Shaun Connor - HBF, the general of the Swans backline, his voice and poise around the footy guides the Swans to several counter attacking chances. Will play a big part.

Dan Moloney - CHB, new to the team this year and has slotted in without missing a beat. His class and poise have earned him the nickname Silky and will play a big part if the swans are to win.

Grant Van Rooyen - HBF - Prolific line breaker and elite with the ball in hand. Swans will look for his drive and superb foot skills to pinpoint their forwards.

Michael Gallagher - BP, Quick and has a super vertical leap. Great lockdown defender who also creates counter attacking chances for the Swans.

Ari Miles - FB, Only 16 but big and strong with an excellent read of the game and intercept mark. Has had great second half of the year and has time aplenty with ball in hand.

Ryan Hamrey - BP, Disciplined, hard worker with a good defensive fist. The ultimate lockdown defender. Whoever he plays on will earn their kicks.

Interchange

Nick Hay - Mid, Electric speed and an awesome work rate. Only 16 years old, tough as nails and an elite midfield runner. Will be integral to the Swans performance.

Zanna Stevenson - Forward, Another of the Swans young up and comers. Is super fit and has had a great second half of the year. Will look to have a high impact in the forward half.

James King - Wing, HBF, Creates plenty of overlapping run and forward drive and has great foot skills. The swans love the ball in his hands and look for him to have an impact.

Robert McElhone - Backline, The Swans Irish Gaelic football convert. A great lockdown defender and runner very poised with ball in hand.



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