Slick Swans sizzle after a slow start
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).
Jesse Doggett and his Sharks teammate spoil each other.
The Swans win a hit-out in their reserves clash.