Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Saints Bedevil Yeppoon; BITS Boys Cruise to 50-Point Premiership Victory

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Saints Bedevil Yeppoon; BITS Boys Cruise to 50-Point Premiership Victory

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Byline: Alan Kennedy

AUSSIE RULES: There was no fairytale ending to the 2011 season for the Yeppoon Swans but at least they could leave Stenlake Park with heads held high after giving all they could muster against BITS.

A large and noisy crowd enjoyed the match and also the minor contests that were taking place around the park.

For three quarters of the game the Swans were close, edging to within just four points before the main break, but each time BITS had enough in reserve to pull away.

It needed a big final quarter from the Swans to pull off the win but at the right time BITS turned the screws, and scored a couple of quick goals to end hopes of the premiership flag going to Yeppoon.

C[pounds sterling]The boys gave it their best shot but we couldn't break that margin,C[yen] Swans coach Brett Motton said.

C[pounds sterling]BITS are a very good side.C[yen]

Before the game Motton had spoken about limiting the supply of quality ball to the BITS forwards and this they achieved for much of the game.

Scoring machine John Beirouti was kept quiet by his marker Trevor Robertson but such is the quality of the player, he still scored five goals, the most by an individual in the match.

Beirouti is not merely a player who is capable of kicking a football accurately as his upper body strength creates opportunities for team mates to feed off what he is unable to gather cleanly.

He is also the showman with each goal giving him a chance to perform one of his celebration dances. Beirouti also enjoys the attention he receives from opposition supporters, encouraging them to be vocal as it assists his own game.

Motton was very impressed with BITS' Adam Rakip.

C[pounds sterling]We expected him at centre-half-forward but he played on the ball,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]Rakip is a class act.C[yen]

While some of the Motton plan to counter the BITS threat worked well, the Swans were less effective than their opponents at running the ball forward from the middle of the field.

That left Wes Hawke and Rod Chapman struggling to get hands on the ball in areas where they would be most dangerous.

Motton said the Swans made a number of basic errors to turn the ball over to BITS and on those occasions the premiers responded with a goal.

Sam Nicholls and James Royes were Motton's pick while Noah Webb was named the Swans' best for the match.

C[pounds sterling]It was a good spectacle and although we lost A-grade, a good day for the club,C[yen] Motton said. C[pounds sterling]Eighty percent of our team (A-grade) came through the Yeppoon juniors.C[yen]

Winner of the inaugural John Round Medal for the best on ground in the A-grade grand final was BITS player Adam Rakip.

It was a big double for Rakip as he was also the joint recipient of the 2011 Bernie Gottke Medal. …

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