South keep Sharks at bay to stay in flag hunt
The South Hedland Swans made it two from two in their matches against the Dampier Sharks in the North Pilbara Football League finals on the weekend.
Before their league side won, the Swans pulled off another tough battle against the Sharks reserves in Wickham, winning 9.12 (66) to 8.4 (52).
There was a lot more on the line for the Swans this time around though, because losing the game would have meant the end of their season.
Swans won the toss and opted to kick with the strong breeze blowing away from the clubroom end.
But the Hedland team failed to take advantage of the wind, kicking just two goals for the quarter as the Sharks scrapped hard and managed to score a goal of their own.
In the second term the Sharks also failed to capitalise on the breeze as the Swans kept an extra man back in defence, which put added pressure on the Sharks forwards.
It appeared Swans would take a nice little buffer going into halftime before a brain fade on the buzzer led to a 50m penalty and a free kick to Sharks from outside the 50m line at an angle.
A booming, wind-assisted kick by Max Payne sailed through the middle sticks to cut the margin to nine points, with Swans leading 4.5 (29) to 3.2 (20). Swans pushed out their lead again in the third quarter to 8.8 (56) to 5.2 (32).
Sharks dug deep in the last term but Swans had already done the damage as they secured a shot at making the grand final against Wickham Wolves.