TWO TRIBES: Rival midfielders Rebecca Fitton (BITS) and Chelsea Smith (Mudcrabs) will go head to head in tomorrow afternoon's local derby at BITS Oval.
TWO TRIBES: Rival midfielders Rebecca Fitton (BITS) and Chelsea Smith (Mudcrabs) will go head to head in tomorrow afternoon's local derby at BITS Oval. Mike Richards GLA240517WAFL

Local AFL Rivalry Round

AFL: While the men's A-grade match between Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints and Gladstone Mudcrabs on Saturday looks tilted towards BITS, the women's match between the same sides looks the other way around with Gladstone the favourites.

Unlike their male counterparts, the Muddies women are ahead of the Saints on the AFL Capricornia ladder after four rounds of the season.

The Muddies girls are coming off a 23-point victory over the Yeppoon Swans and are positioned fourth on the ladder, while the BITS girls are one win behind their rivals having failed to kick a goal during their 40-point loss to Glenmore Bulls last weekend.

Muddies have every reason to go into the contest feeling confident and mid- fielder Chelsea Smith has already started the mind games.

"I reckon it's going to be a close game but hopefully we come out with the win.

"If we win this one it's something on their mind and shows we're a force to be reckoned with,” Smith said.

BITS can still claim bragging rights before tomorrow's centre bounce, having won two out of their three clashes against the Mudcrabs in 2016, and rival midfielder Rebecca Fitton is expecting another tight tussle.

"It's always close with Muddies. Last year there was only a few points or a goal in it,” Fitton said.

BITS Rebecca Fitton and Muddies Chelsea Smith.
BITS Rebecca Fitton and Muddies Chelsea Smith. Mike Richards GLA240517WAFL

BITS coach Ben Fletcher doesn't view the Round 5 clash as a must-win but hopes his side can garner some momentum on the back of a positive result.

"We play each other three times a year so after this week we've done that cycle,” Fletcher said.

"If we get the win over Muddies we'll both be on two wins each. Then we follow up with Yeppoon and Brothers in the next two weeks, so if we can get three wins on the trot we'll have good momentum.”

Fletcher would love to get one over their rivals in his first season as coach.

"You never want to lose to your rivals - they're the games you don't want to lose,” he said.

BITS women's coach Ben Fletcher. Mike Richards GLA240517WAFL

The women's match will begin at 3.55pm at the conclusion of the reserves match, with the Saints encouraging spectators to stick around and watch the girls in action.

Reserves start at 2.05pm.