Slick Swans siz­zle af­ter a slow start

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ben Leahy

The South Hed­land Swans have re­turned to form with a thump­ing 113-point win over the Dampier Sharks in last week­end’s North Pil­bara Foot­ball League clash.

The Swans started slowly against the Sharks af­ter com­ing off their first loss of the sea­son last week, be­fore shift­ing up a gear in the sec­ond term and run­ning away with a 27.16 (178) to 9.11 (65) vic­tory.

Swans coach Troy Melville praised his team for their one-per­centers.

“It was an arm wres­tle in the first term, but we stepped it up from the sec­ond and played good team footy for the fi­nal three quar­ters,” he said.

“Our work rate was a lot bet­ter this week, we spoke about do­ing the team stuff af­ter last week’s loss and it was pleas­ing the boys re­sponded.

“They were mo­ti­vated dur­ing the week to make a state­ment, and I think we did that.”

The thump­ing win proved a dam­ag­ing hit to the Sharks’ per­cent­age as they bat­tle for a spot in the top four and end of year fi­nals se­ries.

How­ever, it sets the Swans up for a likely mi­nor pre­mier­ship.

“We are in a good place to get the top spot and home fi­nal, which has been our only goal dur­ing the (home-and-away) sea­son,” Melville said.

Ear­lier the Sharks opened the game en­er­get­i­cally by boot­ing an ac­cu­rate 5.1 in the first term to the Swans’ four goals.

Spec­ta­tors watch­ing the game might have been for­given for wor­ry­ing that the Swans were en­dur­ing some late-sea­son jit­ters as they made some un­char­ac­ter­is­tic er­rors.

How­ever, a nine-goal to zero sec­ond term burst by the Swans opened up a handy half-time lead.

The flood­gates opened in the third and fi­nal terms as the South Hed­land side ran away with the win.

Melville praised Kur­tis Geary for step­ping into the ruck, Rowan Law­son for his play off half-back and hard-work­ing mid­fielder John Bul­lock.

The Swans for­wards also en­joyed a day out in the goal spree with Jack Cop­pin and Steele Viti kick­ing seven and five apiece.

Lay­ton Cooper fought hard for the Sharks all day and booted five goals.

In the re­serves, the Sharks man­aged to over­come a four-goal deficit at half-time for an im­pres­sive win, 13.15 (93) to the Swans 11.7 (73).

Pic­tures: Ben Leahy

Jesse Doggett and his Sharks team­mate spoil each other.

The Swans win a hit-out in their re­serves clash.

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