Saints determination outdoes Swans
INACCURATE kicking for goal might have plagued BITS Saints’ game at the weekend, but they still managed to run out winners by 16 points in Yeppoon.
In what was their toughest match of the year on Saturday, the undefeated Saints were down at the quarter time break before they grabbed a slender lead going into the main break. This was when the rot set in, however, as they kicked 4.7 to 3.2.
The message from coach Al Watkins at half time was to keep attacking the ball and eventually the rewards would come on the scoreboard. This was followed up by a 4.5 to 2.1 quarter in a dominant display.
Saints captain Nathan Shipard praised the tenacity of the win in trying conditions and the steadfast half back line of Luke O’Shea, Adam Dickenson and Paul Caveny; the trio providing an excellent springboard for attack. But again the Saints inability to get the ball through the big sticks was a hurdle.
“The scored showed we kept them in the game,” he said.
“It was real windy but to their credit, the Swans played pretty well and it was a tough game.”
Another motivation for the win was in respect for the recent death of a club person in a tragic accident.
“We were playing for young Acton (Beale) who passed away and didn’t want to lose for him,” Shipard said.
“Our determination was probably the best thing about the win, because they were trying to put us off our game. It was probably our best win for the year, but we can play a lot better.”
Gun full-forward John Beirouti was well held and only registered three majors for the day. However his forward pressure was first class and was able to keep the ball locked in the forward line on plenty of occasions.
Nathan Hogg was best on ground for the Saints, while first gamer Ben Cole, who recently transferred to Boyne from Muddies, and Adam Rakip was again prominent up forward.
Cole has slotted into the team well and has been training exceptionally well since joining the club.
BITS Saints will observe a minute’s silence at the next home game on June 4 against Glenmore Bulls.
BITS Saints 13.19.97 def Yeppoon Swans 12.9.81
Goals: BITS: J. Beirouti 3, S. Muller 2, A. Rakip 2, D. Boase 2, N. Stanley, M. Goodwin Yeppoon: L. Gribble 3, D. Watkin 3, J. Downie 2, T. Cossens, J. Royes, R. Sproule, C. Watkin.
Best: BITS: Ben Cole, Adam Rakip, Nathan Hogg, Paul Caveny. Yeppoon: Lee Cossens, Lee Milway, Lee Gribble, Sam Nicholls, Matt Wallin, James Royes
BITS Saints 10.12.72 def Yeppoon Swans 3.2.20
Goals: BITS:M. Goodwin 4, B. Clarke, A. Philp, T. Thredgold, C. Markham, B. Edwards, J. Byatt Yeppoon: R. Chapman, C. Hole, C. Miles.
Best: BITS: Brendan Edwards, Will Mecalf, Andrew Philp, Jamie Cunninghame, Brendan Clarke Yeppoon: Justin Roth, Cody Hole, Doug Edwards, John Cranny, Steven Mckenzie, Gough Barry.