BITS outlast Panthers in muddy battle at Boyne
IT took until the fourth quarter for BITS to finally break a spirited Rockhampton Panthers outfit at Boyne Island Oval on Saturday.
While they led at every break, the final 121-76 score line did not reflect the nature of the contest which quickly became an arm wrestle for midfield dominance as the smaller men shone on the greasy pitch.
BITS' Lachlan Cameron was a standout in the wet, showing clean hands through half back and sparking a number of forward thrusts by the Saints.
Tim Sheldon also was superb at half back, his qualities as a utility on display as BITS coach Allan Mostert employed him in a variety of roles throughout the encounter.
"He's (Sheldon) a bit of a general there and just directs play and he's so silky smooth with his deliver of the footy," Mostert said.
The mobile BITS midfielders were well supported by their big men up front, with Aaron Fabian, Damien Lyon and Jonathon Davies leading tirelessly all game to provide their teammates with an outlet as they attempted to relieve the pressure of a scrappy dogfight in the middle.
While the Panthers got back to within 20 points midway through the second quarter, BITS proved too strong in the final stages to run out 45-point winners.
Mostert praised the resilience of his players in what were testing conditions.
"We knew they'd (Rockhampton) kick goals and they did that in the second quarter and we managed to slow them down a bit which was our aim to just slow the footy down a bit and we did that well today I thought," Mostert said.
BITS forward Damien Lyon paid credit to a Panthers side that tested them for the entire four quarters.