VIDEO: Glenmore Bulls blown to BITS at Kele Park
A SEVEN-GOAL opening-quarter blitz by BITS Saints against the Glenmore Bulls at Kele Park on Saturday laid the foundation for their 7.4, 8.4, 11.5, 17.7 (109) to 0.4, 3.7, 4.10, 5.12 (42) victory.
It was all Saints in the opening term.
The Bulls fought back, with a much stronger second quarter.
But Bulls player/coach Cameron Imrie believes his team's inaccuracy in front of goal was the critical factor.
"In the first quarter they kicked seven goals," Imrie confirmed.
"But we kicked four behinds. If we had kicked four goals instead it would have been a very different match. Our inaccuracy really hurt us. We just couldn't kick goals.
"When you have the opportunities and you don't convert them you don't win finals footy. It is as simple as that.
"So even though we came back at them we were always chasing the game. And when you are chasing the game you lose energy. You run out of puff and you can't win."
When Imrie kicked the Bulls' third major in the second quarter it looked like their resurgence was well and truly on. But Saints responded with a goal not long after to maintain a five goal break.
"We did come back well in the second quarter, but again, if we had kicked straight and converted more of our opportunities we would have had a lot more than just three goals," Imrie conceded.
And it got worse for the Bulls as the match progressed. In the third quarter they added just one more major, while the Saints kicked three. In the fourth quarter the Bulls again could only kick one goal, while the Saints slotted seven to blow the Bulls out of the 2015 AFL Capricornia premiership race.
"We had no energy in the final quarter," Imrie said.
"We were spent from working so hard to get back into the contest. The final quarter they just ran over the top of us because we were tired."