Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Battling Clubs Earn Praise; Bottom Teams Earn Respect despite Big Losses to Comp's Top Sides

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Battling Clubs Earn Praise; Bottom Teams Earn Respect despite Big Losses to Comp's Top Sides

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Byline: Brad Matheson brad.matheson@afl.com.au

RESULTS

Yeppoon 9.7, 19.11, 26.16, 36.19 (235) d Brothers 0.0, 0.2, 0.2, 2.3 (15)

Glenmore 7.4, 14.9, 19.15, 29.18 (192) d Gladstone 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2 (20)

BITS 2.3, 4.9, 11.12, 12.16 (88) d Panthers 1.1, 1.1, 3.3, 4.9 (33)

AFL: In the AFLC Frenchville Sports Club Premiership the bottom two teams met the top two teams and it was a situation where the scoreboard didn't necessarily reflect the efforts the clubs are putting in.

Take nothing away from the winners, they were clinical and poised in their execution and were deserved winners, but praise from opposition coaches after heavy defeats is a positive side for the struggling clubs.

In Yeppoon, the Swans were dominant through the middle of the ground and their transition of the ball into the forward line was exceptional.

Tom Cossens has been in fantastic form in recent weeks and although he still finished with eight goals it could have been a lot worse for the Roos if his radar was on track.

However, as the ladder leaders have consistently showed if one player is slightly off then somebody else steps up and this week it was James Malone that grabbed a dozen majors to finish the match.

Yeppoon coach, Mark Wallin was right to praise his troops after the match.

"They are just all so hungry, they choose to do extra sessions during the week and just continue to challenge each other."

Wallin was also quick to praise the opposition.

"You know that Brothers are always going to do whatever it takes to get two teams on the park and compete. Despite the scoreboard I actually think their skills were better than when we played them earlier in the year."

Brothers continued to battle all the way through and this was evident when youngster Jarrod Donovan converted two consecutive goals in the final term.

Scott Smithwick has a new lease of life for the Roos and was impressive in defence this week, providing much needed experience for a young team.

Brothers coach Michael Rose was happy with the efforts of his troops.

"Got to try a few things against the benchmark side to see if they worked. …

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