Monkey off the Bulls backs
AUSSIE RULES: Reigning AFL Capricornia player of the year Tim Higgins stamped his class for the Glenmore Bulls who claimed their first premiership points over a gallant Gladstone Mudcrabs.
Led superbly by Higgins' seven goals, the Bulls withstood a Mudcrabs comeback in the final quarter to take out the hard-earned battle 15.9. 99 to 12.7.79.
Silky smooth Higgins turned in a sublime midfield-forward master-class, booting three goals in the first quarter to open up a 29-point lead.
Muddies Stephen Eilola (six majors) and Zac John inspired the comeback but the loss leaves the green and whites without a win.
Bulls' playing coach Peter Cutts was delighted with his team's resilience in their first win of the season.
"They got to within a point in that last quarter and there was a bit of a concern but the boys dug deep and it was a fantastic effort,” Cutts, who strapped on the boots himself, said.
While Cutts lauded Higgins' efforts, the Bulls had a host of chargers who ensured the win.
Tim Borg won important touches at clutch moments and Josh Ketchup made every one of his touches count.
Defender Ellery Bowman took crucial marks when the hosts pressed forward.
"He's fantastic down back and he's a bit of a rock down there and the boys really enjoy playing down there because he directs them really well,” Cutts said.
Around the grounds
- Gladstone Mudcrabs 12.7-79
Glenmore Bulls 15.9-99
- Yeppoon Swans 42.25.277
Rockhampton Brothers 1.1-7
- BITS Saints 21.16-142
Rockhampton Panthers 5.7-37
Gladstone Mudcrabs coach Mark Jensen said a lack of polish - and Higgins - was the difference and he could not question his players' endeavours.
"We got behind the eightball early and we had to come from behind, but our last half was really good,” Jensen said.
"I thought the guys' efforts were pretty good overall.”
Tyson Harris showed glimpses of what he can do with a strong second half off half back for the Muddies.
Jason Smallcombe battled hard at centre half forward while Steven Grogan got important touches in the midfield.
"We gave away too much easy ball in the forward line, our second half was good, but we just ran out of legs toward the end of the last quarter.”