Wolves top dogs in league clash
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.
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.