Swans triumph in thriller of a derby
It was a derby of epic proportions when the Port Hedland Rovers took on top-of-the-ladder South Hedland Swans at Colin Matheson Oval last Friday night.
The Swans just managed to hold on to their top spot, winning the match 7.11 (53) to 7.2 (44) in a see-sawing encounter.
Rovers drew first blood in a dismal first quarter in which both sides slotted only one goal each.
The second quarter wasn’t much better, with neither side able to find the right pace or accuracy to push the score forward.
The first half ended with Swans (1.6) goal less than a kick in front of Rovers (1.1).
Rovers lifted in the second half but Swans responded.
However, Rovers had their noses in front, 5.2 to 4.8, at the final change, paving the way for a thrilling final quarter.
The Swans scored two goals early on while Rovers displayed precise kicking and marking, but it just wasn’t enough.
As the final siren got closer, play almost descended into chaos as things got feisty on the field.
Swans now hold top spot on the ladder for league.
Snior coach Troy Melville said although it was a tough fourquarter encounter for the side, he was impressed his side held on to get the win.
In reserves, Swans were held goalless, 15.14 (104) to 0.6 (6).
A Swans player marks ahead of his Rovers counterpart.