BITS of guts and glory

Saints march to a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal af­ter tough match on Sat­ur­day

The Observer - - GLADSTONE SPORT - NICK KOS­SATCH nick.kos­satch@glad­sto­neob­

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.

Photo: Al­lan Reinikka ROK110818aafl1

NULLIFIER: BITS Saints’ ver­sa­tile Seb Rigney started in de­fence and then went into ruck and stopped Pan­thers’ Hai­dyn Thomas’s in­flu­ence.

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