Bulls’ Tyson Payne breaks clear of the Panthers midfield as his team proved too strong against their fierce rival.
Bulls’ Tyson Payne breaks clear of the Panthers midfield as his team proved too strong against their fierce rival. Chris Ison

Swans squander chance

DISAPPOINTMENT for the Yeppoon Swans as they squandered their best opportunity to topple the mighty BITS.

The game at Swan Park was affected by the customary breeze blowing off the sea but it appeared to affect the accuracy of the visitor more than the Swans.

A massive 19 behinds were recorded by BITS while the majors for the game were very similar.

It will take a big effort to topple this BITS side in 2011 as the Boyne Island boys are physically stronger and more mature than most of the teams in the competition with a defence that is hard to breach, a hard running midfield and an attack that creates opportunities.

Saturday’s match hinged on the third quarter and Yeppoon could not take advantage.

Just seven points separated the teams at the main break and the Swans needed to get points on the board and make life tough for BITS in the final quarter.

The Swans did score a couple of long range efforts but BITS showed their experience by working their way upfield and at one stage, through four consecutive marks, found John Beirouti in the right hand pocket to kick a beauty.

It was a quiet afternoon for Beirouti, by his own standards, scoring just three goals but he did show his skills with a glorious hand-ball that led to another goal and put more pressure on the home side.

Swans coach Brett Motton accepts BITS are a good team but has seen areas of their game his young team might exploit, especially in midfield where he felt his players could have carried the ball more and given players up front better options when receiving.

The Bulls were hardly troubled against old rival Panthers at Stenlake Park.

Nine goals to one in the first quarter set the tone of the game with Panthers still without a point.

It looks as if Gladstone and Brothers will fight it out for fourth place with the Mudcrabs getting bragging rights this weekend.

A GRADE

The Trend Interiors Carpet & Tile Court premiership

Glenmore 15.17.107 def Panthers 7.5.47

Gladstone 12.15.87 def Brothers 11.6.72

BITS 13.19.97 def Yeppoon 12.9.81

Ladder:BITS 24, Yeppoon, Glenmore 16, Gladstone 8, Brothers 4, Panthers 0.



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