Bulls out to stop the charge
AFL: The top-of-the-table clash between Glenmore Bulls and BITS at Stenlake Park should be a spectacle this afternoon.
The Murray Payne co-coached Bulls will attempt the unthinkable, to topple the all-conquering BITS Saints to gain the top spot in the Capricornia League.
The Bulls have responded well to an increased training regime as they try to avoid an end-of-season fade that they hope will beset their recent opponents. During recent weeks Bulls have chalked up some classy wins to retain their finals hopes.
Payne will be looking for big games from on-ballers Tyson Payne, Glenn Scott, Clay Hooper and Toby Payne to cause an upset.
"Our on-ballers have been working very well in recent weeks and we will be looking for them to keep up their good form," he said.
"They play an important role in the team as that is where the game is either won or lost every weekend."
The Bulls coach is satisfied with the start his team has had this season but certainly not over-confident heading into today's game against the defending premier. "We are not expecting a depleted side, like the one that came up against Panthers not long ago," Payne said. "We are looking forward to the challenge after going down by 10 goals to them earlier in the season."
Not overly impressed by his team's performance against Gladstone last weekend, Payne said he expected improvement from everyone going into today's round eight clash.
"Last week we seemed to get better as the game went on," Payne said. "But that's not good enough if we want to topple BITS.
"The standard of commitment needs to be raised and we need to be consistent for the entire four quarters.
"If we want to win, we must maintain pressure for the entirety of the game."
The Bulls will be without four regular A-grade players, from their starting line-up, this week due to work commitments.
"Luckily we are a fairly young side and are gradually getting fitter and fitter," Payne said.
The second-placed Bulls will take to the field with a home ground advantage that Payne believes could assist in winning them the game.
"We like playing at home," he said. "We know how to play on our ground."
"But we are not 100% sure what side they are going to bring down with them, hopefully we can get a win."
Action begins today at Stenlake Park, 2.15pm.
- Today - 2.15pm
- Brothers Seniors vs Panthers Seniors, Kele Park
- Glenmore Seniors vs BITS Seniors, Stenlake Park
- Yeppoon Swans vs Gladstone Seniors, Swan Park