GALLERY: Bulls shows its class while Saints need to re-group
AUSSIE RULES: BITS Saints AFL Capricornia finals campaign next month is on a knife's edge after it was outclassed by a powerful Glenmore Bulls at BITS Oval.
Saints will face Rockhampton Panthers in the cut-throat first-semi final while the Bulls have sewn up the double-chance and will face Yeppoon Swans for a crack at the grand final spot.
The visitors held a narrow lead at quarter-time, but it blew out to 20 points at the long break after goals to Timothy Higgins (three goals) and Ashley Brown.
The game was blown apart in the second half as the Bulls charged away with 10.7 to nil as Glenmore showed that perhaps the grand final race is not as clear-cut what most pundits think.
Brown finished with four goals while Bulls' better players were Jackson Thirkettle, Cameron Imrie, Brown and Matt Cameron.
Best for the BITS side were mostly defenders and Mitch Webster in the midfield.
Colby Bidmade repelled out of an under siege defence and Trent Millar continued his superb season in the back-lines and stints in midfield.
Jack Grainger was solid as ever in defence and Dion Simmons never stopped trying across half-back and midfield while Ky Hull was the Saints' sole multiple goal-scorer with two.
Injured Saints' player-coach coach Jake Mostert remained upbeat after the game and said there is plenty to work on and there is a lot of upside once star players return from injury.
"If we're at full strength, I think that definitely we can get on top of them and we had seven to eight guys, genuine A-graders who couldn't play and had five or six guys who doubled up," he said.
The Bulls were much too polished than the home side and made it count from its forward entries.
Mostert said that was telling because BITS had as many entries into the forward 50.
"We had just as much footy as them with that team that we had, but we didn't put the points on the scoreboard," he said.
Missing the likes of classy finishers Sam Pierpoint, Jamie Cunninghame and Connor Russell did not help the Saints' cause.
Add midfield guns Daniel Clay, captain Steven Pugh and Brock Rothe, it will be a very different - and more potent - team next week and beyond.
Glenmore's playing coach Nicholas Payne was pleased with the big win and the team will get stronger.
"Team-wise we are travelling well and still have three to four to come back in from injuries before we are full strength," he said.
"From now on we are focusing on finals and preparing ourselves for that."