Muddies finally deliver first win

THE Gladstone Mudcrabs are on the scoreboard and have also remembered their club song after a long drought.

Last year's premiers posted their first win of the Trend Interiors Carpet Court AFL Capricornia premiership on Saturday with an 11-19-85 to 8-12-60 win over the CQU Panthers at Gladstone's Clinton Park.

The Mudcrabs have experienced a complete opposite to last year's glory run which included just the one defeat in the first round of finals against BITS.

Heads have been down and player numbers sparse, but it was a different story on the weekend with Mudcrabs coach Jason Chirgwin finally having 18 fresh players at his disposal for the start of play.

Among the fresh faces was last year's grand final best on ground, centre half forward Andrew Hatfield.

This was the aerial marking specialist's first game of the 2005 season with his work taking him to Longreach this year.

They were also boosted by a new recruit, school teacher Nathan Tessier, who was a rock solid at full back.

Meanwhile at Rockhampton's Victoria Park, BITS won the match of the round with a 12-9-81 to 8-6-54 win over a Brothers team missing eight regular A-graders.

BITS had their injury concerns with Brad Bywaters, who had just run onto the ground at half back flank before being concussed and immediately returned to the bench, and they also lost regular half back flank Ben Maher who was stretchered from the ground with a knee injury late in the game.



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