Swans soar in epic GF

Dalby Herald - - SPORT - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

AUSSIE RULES: The Dalby Swans have bro­ken their 22-year premier­ship drought af­ter a sen­sa­tional come­from-be­hind win against the War­wick Red­backs on Satur­day.

The Red­backs man­aged to get the jump on the Swans early in the game, cap­i­tal­is­ing on their en­trances into the for­ward 50.

Trail­ing by 10 points at half­time, the Swans came out and blew the Red­backs off the park in the fi­nal two quar­ters to win 8.12.60 to 6.6.42.

Swans cap­tain and Best on Ground Bran­don Peltz said win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion was a fairy­tale fin­ish to 2017.

“It’s the per­fect way for us to end what has been a long sea­son,” Peltz said.

“It’s a great bunch of blokes we have at the club so it makes win­ning the flag even sweeter.”

Peltz said all 22 play­ers con­trib­uted to the vic­tory, know­ing they had to be at their best to knock off the Red­backs.

“We knew we had it in us to beat them be­cause we got the bet­ter of them the first time we played this year.

“It was a whole team ef­fort and ev­ery­one gave it their all.”

Swans small for­ward Jack Rock­liff starred up front for the side, boot­ing three goals in the win.

Ruck­man Liam Rath­man and cen­tre-half back Mike Gaur were also in­spi­ra­tional through the mid­dle of the field, con­stantly shut­ting down the Red­backs at­tack.

The Swans will now join the Wheat­men and the Diehards in the ticker tape pa­rade on Thurs­day.

PHOTO: HAMISH MCHARDY

WE ARE THE CHAM­PI­ONS: The Dalby Swans show off the sil­ver­ware af­ter win­ning an epic grand fi­nal against the War­wick Red­backs on Satur­day.

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