Wolves top dogs in league clash

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Wickham Wolves cre­ated the up­set of the sea­son on Satur­day by beat­ing the formerly un­de­feated South Hed­land Swans league by 41 points in a thrilling top two match-up.

The Wolves have been the reign­ing pre­miers’ main chal­lengers so far this sea­son and it took their top form to get the win 18.10 (118) to 12.5 (77).

The Swans played well and fought hard but in the end did not have enough an­swers.

It was South Hed­land who ran away with the first term.

They came out fir­ing with a phys­i­cal game that ini­tially took Wickham by sur­prise and fired in at­tack, slot­ting through goal af­ter goal.

Though their op­po­nents clawed back a few at the end, Swans still went to quar­ter time up 6.3 to 4.0.

But the sec­ond quar­ter saw Wickham turn the ta­bles dra­mat­i­cally and proved to be the de­cider for the game.

The Wolves stepped up to score a ma­jor al­most straight away and they did not stop af­ter that, go­ing on to ac­cu­mu­late 7.2 while hold­ing their op­po­nents to one goal.

By the time half-time rolled around, they had es­tab­lished a 23point lead.

Ten­sion mounted over the last half of the game as the Swans kept fight­ing but could not man­age to come back from be­hind.

What looked like the late prom­ise of a come­back part­way through the fi­nal term was swiftly killed off by two goals from Wolves’ Landon Punch and Jar­rod Cross.

De­spite the loss, the Swans re­main firmly in top spot on the lad­der and the NPFL team to beat, be­ing still sev­eral games clear of Wickham.

In the re­serves game, the Wolves blitzed the Swans 23.15 (153) to 2.3 (15).

Wolves’ Beau Alec scored 12 ma­jors alone to ex­tend his lead atop the re­serves top goal kickers’ lad­der.

Swans now oc­cupy bot­tom spot on the re­serves’ lad­der, in sharp con­trast to their league coun­ter­parts, while Wolves are in top spot.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Wolves and Swans play­ers com­pete for a mark.

Swans’ Josh Nan­nup looks for sup­port from his team­mates.

Wolves' Mitch Barnes-But­ler un­der pres­sure from Jonathon Bul­lock.

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