Swans down Wolves for chance at flag

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

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.

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