Better, but still beaten
THE Yeppoon Swans lost the battle at Swan Park on Saturday, but they gained valuable ground in the process.
Yeppoon suffered an 8-14-62 to 4-5-29 loss to the Boyne Island Tannum Sands (BITS) Saints in the closest round eight contest in the Trend Interiors Carpet Court AFL Capricornia Premiership.
Played in wet and windy conditions, it was a victory BITS needed to hit back from their previous round loss to competition leaders Glenmore. But despite losing, the Swans drastically improved on their 123-point hammering at the hands of the Saints in their last meeting.
BITS set up the win leading by 29 points at the main break.
Yeppoon won the third term, but were restricted to just one point in the final term as the Saints retained their place on the ladder.
After a quiet start Swans full back Liam Palma stood strong against the league's leading goalkicker Nathan Shipard.
The Swans had their chances to bridge the gap in the second half with Yeppoon coach Wayne Ling saying his team had 80% of the play on their forward line, but could not convert.
In the other games, Brothers are sitting clear in third place after a comprehensive 19-19-133 to 1-2-8 victory over an undermanned CQU Panthers.
Glenmore had 15 different goalkickers in their 18-20-128 to 3-5-23 win over Gladstone at Clinton Oval.
The Bulls' new recruit from Darwin, Andrew Abraham, lasted just over a quarter at centre half forward before leaving the field with a hamstring injury.
There are no club games this weekend.
Round 9 (June 18) - Yeppoon v Gladstone (Swan Park), BITS v CQU Panthers (Boyne Oval), Glenmore v Brothers (Stenlake Park).