BROTHERS Roos claimed their first victory of the season after finding their feet against Gladstone Mudcrabs at Kele Park on Saturday.

The Roos stormed to a convincing 16.14 (110) to12.10 (82) win against the Muddies in round seven of the AFL Capricornia competition.

At the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds, Glenmore Bulls bounced back from a round six loss to Yeppoon Swans to defeat Rockhampton Panthers 12.13 (85) to 5.7 (37) while the Swans fell to BITS Saints 8.8 (56) to 6.5 (41).

Brothers took control of the game from the first quarter and maintained a comfortable lead until the third quarter when Gladstone snatched a two-point lead.

The Roos were determined not to let the win slip through their fingers and came out all guns blazing in the final stanza to add 48 points to their tally.

Strong performances from Jamie Searle, Matthew Jones, Lachlan Bethune, Brent Wood and Thomas Shackleton ensured Brothers the win.

Searle finished with four goals with newly appointed Brothers coach Steve Smithwick labelling his contribution as outstanding.



Brothers Roos 16.14 (110) def Gladstone Mudcrabs 12.10 (82)

Glenmore Bulls 12.13 (85) def Rockhampton Panthers 5.7 (37)

BITS Saints 8.8 (56) def Yeppoon Swans 6.5 (41)

"Jamie Searle was fantastic. He worked really hard," Smithwick said.

"I've known him since he was a 10-year-old and to see him develop into the player that he is great."

Playing in the forward pocket, Smithwick also booted two goals but credited the Roos' victory to hard work across the ground.

"The boys stuck to the game plan and really worked hard especially in the last quarter," Smithwick said.

"It was fantastic. We made a few positional changes and it really showed that a few changes work.

"We've had a lot of older boys come back and it's good to have a few wise heads out there."

There will be no local Aussie Rules fixtures this Saturday due to the Queen's Birthday long weekend and Capricornia representative teams travelling north to face Mackay in Mackay.

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