Swans record in­tact af­ter key win

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

South Hed­land Swans League tri­umphed over the Dampier Sharks by a 13-point mar­gin in their round five match on Satur­day night.

The re­match of last year’s close grand fi­nal saw dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion and a fast-run­ning game style on show from both teams. While the mo­men­tum kept switch­ing sides, in the end reign­ing pre­miers the Swans got the win.

The game at Dampier’s Windy Ridge Oval was fast and phys­i­cal from the out­set and it was the Sharks who were out of the gate quick­est with a few early goals.

But part­way through the quar­ter Swans play­ers took con­trol of the game and turned the tables, kick­ing sev­eral soc­cer goals through gaps in the Sharks’ de­fence.

The sec­ond quar­ter started slow, with the ball spend­ing a lot of time tied up in the Swans’ of­fen­sive zone with­out any sig­nif­i­cant break through.

When Dampier fi­nally got their hands on the ball mid­way through they worked hard to cap­i­talise on their op­po­nent’s missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.

They scored two goals in a row, going to half-time only two points down from the top team 4-8 (32) to 5-1 (31).

The Swans wasted no time in the third term, surg­ing for­ward and scor­ing a se­ries of unan­swered goals that had Dampier wor­ried as they saw the mar­gin run­ning away.

Sharks’ Guy Lang­don de­liv­ered a big morale boost to his team at a cru­cial point in the game when he marked the ball near goal and slot­ted it in to put his team within 17 points going into three quar­ter time.

Dampier kept on fight­ing in the fi­nal quar­ter and got to within 10 points of their op­po­nents, but suf­fered from in­ac­cu­rate kick­ing at the end re­sult.

This gave the win to a still-un­de­feated South Hed­land side, 9-13 (67) to 8-6 (54).

Sharks had rea­son to be much hap­pier with the re­sult of their Re­serves match how­ever, where they trumped the Swans by more than 100 points.

Dampier had a field day on the score­board and Ar­ron Eb­sworth kicked seven goals alone.

The fi­nal score was 22.10 (142) to 4-6 (30) to the Sharks.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Swans’ Jack Cop­pin shoots for goal as Sharks’ Wade Kimp­ton de­fends.

Sharks’ Arthur Ramirez and Swans’ Joshua Nan­nup go up for a mark.

Swans’ Kur­tis Geary reaches for the ball in front of Sharks’ Owen Cross.

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