Muddies reserves get win over BITS Saints in charity match
MUDDIES ruckman Jay Winnell is recovering from sore shins and knees - but it was worth it, with his reserve side getting the win on Saturday against the Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints.
Gladstone Mudcrabs president Michael Galonski said the fundraiser day for the Mount Larcom Rural Fire Brigade had been a success.
"We haven't counted up the money yet but I am expecting to get around $7000," he said. "(The fire brigade is) trying to get power on and that will nearly pay for half of it.
"They had the fire trucks down at the family fun day and the kids loved it. They climbed all over it."
There were nine games of Aussie Rules between cross town rivals, the Muddies and Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints.
Winnell, 18, hadn't played in two weeks, and at 185cm was 10cm shorter than his opposing ruckmen and a fair few kilograms lighter.
"There were a few people giving me a hard time throughout the game; a few low blows," he said.
"In the first half I was doing pretty well."
He said his advantage was his athleticism. "(The opposition) was bigger but I was able to jump higher and find the ball on the ground," he said. "I reckon I got around 15-20 touches. I'm pretty happy with how I went."
Winnell has played three games for A-grade this year and is hoping to cement his position for the finals.
"It would be good to make A-grade. I'll be heading down to training to push my case this week," he said.
"But the reserves are in the finals no doubt and the seniors need to step it up a gear to make it so we will see where I play.
"I'll need to go to training. I ran out of steam throughout the last quarter."
Reserves coach Danny Andjelkovic said Winnell was good in the ruck for 'a young fella' but could play anywhere.
"We had so much run in our midfield this week that we threw him in there and he can run really well too," he said.
"He did well, the young fella, but he has been able to find the ball anyway. He's a good player for us and one of the best young footballers to come through juniors."
Next week Winnell will line up against the Rockhampton Panthers at Clinton Oval.
DOB: May 23, 1997
Birth place: Shepparton, Victoria
Education: Gladstone State High School
Favourite position: Centre half forward/ ruck rover