Glenmore?s glory hunt
By RACHAEL BORICH ? GLENMORE Bulls young charger Derek Mangan has been handed extra responsibilities this season and has welcomed the challenge.
Mangan again played a key role in Glenmore's 17-10-112 to 3-8-26 win over defending premiers the Gladstone Mudcrabs in their Trend Interiors/Carpet Court AFL Capricornia clash at Rockhampton's Stenlake Park on Saturday.
On the weekend the 19-yearold centre half forward booted his third four-goal haul of the season, after three rounds.
"We're (Glenmore) going pretty good at the moment, it helps that we don't have many injuries,'' Mangan said.
Mangan is playing his seventh season with the Glenmore club and coach Greg Bowler has identified the loyal clubman as a leader of the future by appointing Mangan deputy vice-captain this season.
It is a role he relishes.
"It gives you more to work for and you have to stand up more,'' Mangan said.
The Bulls set the pace of the game with a seven-goal opening term with skipper Robert Parker, along with Toby Payne, providing the drive from the centre to set up his forwards.
It has been a testing start to the season for the defending premiers who were world beaters last season, but now find themselves without a win after three rounds.
Gladstone are fielding a newlook side this season, but still know how crucial that first win is.
Mudcrabs captain Andrew Travers said his team at least had a go after quarter-time, but admitted his team's slow starts are a concern.
"We need to stick together as a team over the next couple of weeks,'' Travers said.
There are no fixtures for the next two weekends with Anzac Day and May Day long weekend breaks.
Round 4 (May 7) ? Panthers v BITS (RCG), Gladstone v Yeppoon (Clinton Park), Glenmore v Brothers (Stenlake Park).