Swans edge out Kats in thrilling clash

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

The un­de­feated South Hed­land Swans league side faced their big­gest scare so far this sea­son when they beat fifth-placed Kar­ratha Kats by one point in the dy­ing sec­onds of their match last Satur­day night.

With the lead con­stantly chang­ing, the Swans’ skills and ef­fi­ciency gave them the slight edge needed to get over the line when it all came down to a free kick on the siren, giving them a 11.6 (72) to 10.11 (71) win.

The first quar­ter started slow and it was the Kats who got out on the front foot, kick­ing their way to a two-goal buf­fer.

But the con­test was re­ally on when the Swans swung into mo­tion in the sec­ond term.

De­spite Kar­ratha’s dogged ef­forts to bring the ball for­ward and keep it in their of­fen­sive zone for most of the quar­ter, they strug­gled to con­vert.

Mean­while, the Swans em­ployed a mainly de­fen­sive style of play while strik­ing and scor­ing with al­most clin­i­cal pre­ci­sion when it counted.

The half-time score was a 37-all draw.

South Hed­land dom­i­nated play in the third quar­ter, outscor­ing their op­po­nents and ap­ply­ing tight de­fen­sive pres­sure, and were sig­nif­i­cantly ahead by the break.

But the Kats did not give up and came back fight­ing in a pas­sion­ate fi­nal-term of­fen­sive with a lot of suc­cess.

Crowd an­tic­i­pa­tion was high min­utes be­fore the end, as Kar­ratha found them­selves on the cusp of de­feat­ing the top team af­ter a goal from an in­side-50 free kick put them five points up.

But an­other free kick, awarded to Swans’ Kurtis Geary right in front of goal on the fi­nal buzzer, quickly cut any home side cel­e­bra­tion short.

Geary’s goal gave the Swans their sixth straight win while Kats re­main fifth on the league lad­der.

In the re­serves match, Kats won 8.9 (57) to 7.4 (46) de­spite the de­ter­mined at­tempts of South Hed­land to come back from be­hind.

Matthew Tamm scored five goals for the Kats alone while Re­nan Ea­ton chalked up three for Swans.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Sev­eral Swans play­ers reach for a mark against Kats’ de­fence.

Kats play­ers Jack­son Davey and Daniel Farmer cel­e­brate a cru­cial goal late in the fourth quar­ter.

Swans' Luke Rafferty and Kats' Todd Ko­vace­vich tus­sle for the ball.

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