Gladstone shows positive signs against Brothers
AUSSIE RULES: Gladstone Mudcrabs produced an improved showing against Rockhampton Brothers at Clinton Oval.
Muddies were torn apart against Rocky Panthers nine days ago, but there was much to admire in Saturday's 12.8 (80) to 6.7 (43) defeat.
The hosts began brightly with the game's first goal to emerging Trey Dummett just over a minute into the contest. Goals were traded via Brothers' Scott Smithwick and Gladstone's Anthony Williams.
The visitors' Kirk Davey and Smithwick again both converted with a brace of majors and the game was in the balance at half-time although Brothers held a 19-point buffer.
Brothers bettered its half-time lead by five points after a 3.1 to 2.2 third quarter and the contest was over after goals to Daniel Trinca, Damon Dessent and Connor West blew the score out to 60-22.
Muddies' Emrys Walker and Peter Hill booted goals as the crowd found voice at the close of the third term.
But Joel Harris's pair of goals put the dagger in Gladstone Mudcrabs' come-from-behind win aspirations and increase Brothers' lead to six goals.
Muddies coach Aaron Barrett was encouraged with the form.
"It was an improved performance on last week, our numbers were much better this week so having a fresh side was the main difference from last week," he said.
"We set up structures much better than last week and were moving the ball pretty well at times and our best were Tyson Finnegan, Jay Warry, James Collings, Trey Dummett, Duncan Redway and James Bower.
Best of the winners was half back Jarrod Donovan, Brayden Anwyl at centre half back and defender Tony Wolfenden.
Both Muddies and BITS Saints face crucial away games against Glenmore and Panthers respectively in Rocky this Saturday.