BITS of guts and glory
Saints march to a preliminary final after tough match on Saturday
AUSSIE RULES: BITS Saints power forward Brendan Clarke kicked a match-winning six goals to guide his team into the AFL Capricornia preliminary final on August 25.
The men from Boyne Island got over the line 13.12 (90) to 11.9 (75) against Rockhampton Panthers and it was made more meritorious given the amount of quality players that the Saints had missing.
Panthers’ star midfielder Michael Kreun suffered a bad ankle injury late in the game as well after a strong tackle by Brodie Coles.
Saints will meet next Saturday’s loser between Yeppoon Swans and Glenmore Bulls.
Sam Schofield and Danny Conway were elite in midfield and broke the lines for the Saints, Jack Grainger superb off half back and Sebastian Rigney nullified Haidyn Thomas in the ruck.
Victorious BITS coach Jake Mostert was elated post game.
“It was a good character win for us and we had blokes out and so did they,” he said.
Thaiday Reuben took a strong defensive mark, which ultimately led to the impressive Hayden Murphy then to take a mark before he booted his second goal of the game.
“Hayden Murphy’s played reserves all year and he’s just shown why he can play Agrade footy and he was just rock solid,” Mostert said.
And Murphy’s second goal was the one that ended the Panthers’ season. Rocky Panthers’ Calvin Oxley (3 goals) was a threat and when he and Kreun booted back-to-back majors in the second quarter, it looked like an upset loomed.
NULLIFIER: BITS Saints’ versatile Seb Rigney started in defence and then went into ruck and stopped Panthers’ Haidyn Thomas’s influence.