Mudcrabs’ No 15 Aaron Patton contests the ball.
Mudcrabs’ No 15 Aaron Patton contests the ball. Contributed

Muddies grab top 3 spot

GLADSTONE Mudcrabs have launched themselves into the top three in the Capricornia AFL after defeating Yeppoon in the first elimination semi-final.

Muddies coach Bob Maher said his team dominated three of the four quarters of the game.

Despite having most of the possession in the first half, Maher said the scoreboard didn't reflect that.

"In the third quarter we let Yeppoon back into the game," Maher said.

"It's full credit to them. We dropped the ball."

But the Muddies were far from beaten and came back with a vengeance in the final quarter. "In the fourth quarter they finally played the way they are capable," Maher said, adding that Yeppoon were worthy opponents. "They can be very proud of their performance."

The final score was 96 to 44.

In two weeks the Muddies will vie for a spot in the grand final, playing the loser of next week's semi-final between BITS Saints and Glenmore Bulls.

Maher said his team would work on consistency, honing their skills and scoping out the competition next weekend.

"I noticed they were all here today watching us," he said.

With the grand final just weeks away, Maher said the Muddies were definitely in contention. "They deserve to finish with the flag and they are capable," he said. "It's a matter of if they want to turn up on the day and play the way they can."