Swans tri­umph in thriller of a derby

Pilbara News - - Sports - Re­becca Parish

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).

Pic­ture: Courtney Fowler

A Swans player marks ahead of his Rovers coun­ter­part.

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