Swans down Wolves for chance at flag
South Hedland Swans’ reserves team has beaten the odds, winning two back-to-back road trip finals to give themselves a big chance now to win a flag on their home ground in the North Pilbara Football League Grand Final.
Last week, the Swans put away the Dampier Sharks and this week they shocked the number two Wickham Wolves at Windy Ridge Oval in Dampier with a 9.11 (65) to 2.8 (20) victory.
The Wolves are the reigning reserves premiers, and went down by a mere eight points in the first semifinal against the Karratha Kats, but the Swans came down with a mission and dominated the first half of the game to be up 7.7 (49) to 0.2 (2) and in control.
Renan Eaton and Mathew Wilson were the leading goalscorers for Swans with two each.
To their credit, the Wolves knuckled down for the last two quarters, converting two goals through Clayton Rosenthal and Chris O’Sullivan, but try as they might, the damage had already been done as the Swans kept their heads to give themselves a chance at winning a flag in both grades of football in South Hedland.
It’s been a big turnaround for the Swans club.
Last year their reserves team were the wooden spooners, while their league side missed out on the finals with a lesser point differential than the Karratha Falcons.
South Hedland could be looking at a double this weekend if both sides keep their heads and the younger players, who haven’t experienced finals footy, look to the veterans of the club for support.