By Liam Emerton
The Gladstone Suns have had a tough season so far in the women’s AFL Capricornia competition but this week they’re celebrating.
The two Gladstone region clubs came together in solidarity on Saturday, taking a knee prior to all of their matches as a protest against a recent racist incident in a local rugby league match.
The Suns picked up their first win of the year when they defeated local rivals Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints 3.4 (22) – 2.3 (15) at Boyne Island Oval.
Brooke Fennell was able to slot home two goals, while Karlisle Oldaker managed to score a single six-pointer to help their side take out the maiden victory.
Gladstone still remain at the bottom of the ladder but a win over their rivals will do them a world of good moving forward beyond this season.
The Gladstone women will want to score back-to-back wins but face a tough task in doing so.
The Suns will match up against the Brothers Kangaroos which sit second on the table.
The BITS also face strong opposition this week when they host the Yeppoon Swans who have been on fire recently.
In the men’s Gladstone-derby the BITS Saints continued their impressive run of form with a 16.18 (114) to 4.5 (29) win over the Gladstone Suns.
Ty Fitzgerald was unstoppable for the Saints having scored six goals, while teammates Harrison Tancredi (2), Nickolas Gehrmann (2), Tyler Walker (1), Steven Pugh (1) and Joey Kulla Kulla (1) all adding crucial goals to the tally.
This weekend the BITS face the ultimate test, the undefeated Yeppoon Swans.
That 2020 grand final rematch will be hosted at Boyne Island and will really put the side’s impressive form to the test.
The Gladstone Suns’ men will be back at home this weekend when they take on the Brothers at Clinton Park.
Those two sides have been on very opposite paths this season with the Brothers sitting high in second place while the Suns sit at the bottom of the table.
In the other men’s match, the Glenmore Bulls with face off against the Rockhampton Panthers.
BITS will hold onto their fourth place position on the table if the Panthers lose or if the Gladstone team wins against the might of the Swans.
With the competitions winding down, building any momentum for the finals series will be a huge boost for our local sides.