Swans con­trol ev­ery quar­ter to vic­tory

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ben Leahy

De­spite an at times “scrappy” dis­play, the South Hed­land Swans still cruised to a 67-point thump­ing of the Kar­ratha Kats in last week­end’s North Pil­bara Foot­ball League clash.

Cel­e­brat­ing NAIDOC Week by don­ning an in­dige­nous-themed jumper, the Swans did their strip proud as they outscored the Kats in ev­ery quar­ter to win 16.17 (113) to 6.10 (46).

Coach Troy Melville said he was pleased to get the win. “It was pretty com­pet­i­tive, the score flat­tered us a lit­tle,” he said.

“The Kats had their share of the footy, but it was pleas­ing to see our back six de­fend­ers stood up to the pres­sure.

“We had our mid­field­ers roll back there to help them out, and it was pleas­ing that a lot of our at­tack­ing moves came from there, off our half back line.”

With just four rounds to play un­til the fi­nals be­gin, the win means the Swans will al­most cer­tainly claim the mi­nor premier­ship.

It also sent out an omi­nous warn­ing to the com­pe­ti­tion that the South Hed­land side might just be peak­ing at the right time of the sea­son.

De­spite the dif­fi­cult task of fac­ing the Swans on their home ground, the Kats would still be dis­ap­pointed they were not able to fin­ish the game closer on the score­board to the reign­ing pre­miers.

The prob­lems be­gan early for the Kats, who de­spite mov­ing the ball well in what was a fast open­ing term of end-to-end footy, quickly be­came out­gunned by the South Hed­land side.

With the Swans’ twin-talls Steele Viti and Mal­colm An­der­son pro­vid­ing a fo­cal point up for­ward, the Swans bounced out to a 15-point lead by quar­ter time.

By three-quar­ter time they had stretched their lead to 46 points be­fore con­tin­u­ing to run away with the game by re­strict­ing the Kats to just two points in a scrappy last term.

In ad­di­tion to prais­ing his de­fend­ers, Melville said mid­field­ers Podge Ban­non, Mor­ris Cop­pin and Johnathon Bul­lock played well for the home side.

He also lauded 17-year-old Tre­maine Thomp­son in his third game for the se­niors as a re­li­able de­fender all game.

An­der­son and Viti led the Swans scor­ers with three goals each while Ban­non, Alex Fraun­fel­ter and An­gus Young each kicked two.

Daniel Farmer also booted three for the Kats, while Jack­son Davey kicked two.

In the re­serves, the bot­tom­placed Swans up­staged the Kats to record their sec­ond win of the sea­son in a 13.8 (86) to 7.6 (48) vic­tory.

Ir­ish­man Podge Ban­non snaps a goal off his left boot. Pic­tures: Ben Leahy

The Swans de­mol­ished the Kats by 67 points last week­end.

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