ON THE WINNER'S LIST: Under-13 Muddies are a happy team at Clinton Oval
ON THE WINNER'S LIST: Under-13 Muddies are a happy team at Clinton Oval Emily Smith GLA230418U13

Young Muddies will soon learn the club song lyrics

AUSSIE RULES: It has been some 32 months since they previously had won a game.

And on Saturday the drought was broken for the Gladstone Mudcrabs under-13 team after a 19-point triumph against Rockhampton Brothers.

U13 Muddies
U13 Muddies Emily Smith GLA230418U13

Super proud coach Trevor Black hopes that momentum will continue against Glenmore Bulls this Saturday.

But it was all about the 6.3 (39) to 3.2 (20) win against Brothers from which the Muddies team will carry much-needed confidence moving forward.

"They're a mixture - I've got some who have played plenty of AFL and I've got a few who have played only their second game of AFL who have come across from rugby league," Black said.

U13 Muddies
U13 Muddies Emily Smith GLA230418U13

"They played as they trained I guess and it was high intensity with fantastic skills."

The messages was for his team to play hard, but at the same time have fun and enjoy themselves.

"Show off me your skills and show me what you can and can't do," he explained as one of his messages.

U13 Muddies
U13 Muddies Emily Smith GLA230418U13

Two goals separated the sides at half-time and Black sensed the confidence in his troops rising further as the game wore on. "To the Brothers' credit, they challenged in the last quarter and had a good crack at us," he said. "It wasn't really only within the last minute and we got a late goal which was pretty much the sealer."

Along with the many smiles from parents and Mudcrabs players, Black said the victory also had another humorous angle attached.

U13 Muddies
U13 Muddies Emily Smith GLA230418U13

"After the game, I've had a bit of an ongoing joke with them because a lot of the players wouldn't even know the Muddies' theme song," he laughed.

"They all sort of gathered in the middle of the ground where they shook hands with the opposition and by the time I got to them at the middle of the ground, they were all in the circle where they tried to hum the words because a lot of them didn't know them."

It seems that will change by season's end.