BITS Saints' juniors ready to snare three flags
AFL: The Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints will be chasing a hat-trick of grand final success on Saturday with three of its junior sides playing off in the decider.
Rockhampton Cricket Ground will be a hive of activity on grand final day with six games (three juniors, three seniors) taking place from 8.30am.
BITS is represented in five of the six grand finals with four of those matches pitting the Saints against the juggernaut of Yeppoon Swans.
The Under-13 Saints face a tough task against the undefeated Swans, who went 15 games without a loss during the regular season and qualified for the big dance courtesy of a 6.7(43) to 0.0 win over BITS in the major semi-final.
BITS responded last weekend with a 36-point victory over Rockhampton Panthers to set up a rematch with the Swans.
The U15 final sees BITS clash with the Panthers with the opening bounce at 9.45am.
It's a match that could go either way with little separating the sides leading up to the decider.
Both sides finished on equal points at the end of the home-and-away season with Panthers pipping BITS to the minor premiership by virtue of a healthier percentage.
Panthers secured direct passage to the grand final after a nine-point win over BITS in the major semi-final, with the Saints responding last week with a 49-point victory over Glenmore in the preliminary final.
Yeppoon and BITS will feature again in the U17 final starting at 11.15am.
The Swans finished the regular season undefeated on 56 competition points with BITS second on 48 points.
BITS will be out for revenge after a 40-point loss to the Swans in the major semi-final, but responded with an emphatic 104-point drubbing of Muddies in the preliminary final.
BITS U17s coach Jake Mostert, who will play in the A-grade decider against the Swans, says his side have a big chance at grand final glory if they can produce a sustained four-quarter effort.
"When we last played the Swans they were in front by 2-3 goals at three-quarter time, so we were very competitive and they just got on top of us a bit,” Mostert said.
"Our focus will be going forward and maintaining that for four quarters. We'll try to limit their influence in forward line and that work against Muddies.”
Mostert identified Yeppoon midfielder and best and fairest runner-up Ari Miles as a key player the Saints need to contain.
GRAND FINAL FIXTURES
Under-17: Yeppoon v BITS - Saturday, September 9 at Rockhampton Cricket Ground - 11.15am
Yeppoon finished top of the ladder on 56 points - undefeated from 10 games
BITS finished second on 48 points.
BITS defeated Muddies by 104 points in the preliminary final, Yeppoon defeated BITS by 40 points in the major semi final
Under-15: Rockhampton Panthers v BITS - Saturday, September 9 at RCG - 9.45am
Panthers finished top of the ladder on 52 points.
BITS finished second on 52 points but with a lower percentage.
BITS defeated Glenmore by 49 points in the preliminary final, Panthers defeated BITS by nine points in the major semi-final.
Under-13: Yeppoon v BITS - Saturday, September 9 at RCG - 8.30am
Yeppoon finished on top of the ladder on 60 points (15 wins from 15 games) - undefeated.
BITS finished second on 40 points.
BITS defeated Panthers by 36 points in the preliminary final, Yeppoon defeated BITS 6.7 (43) to 0 in the major semi-final.