Swans control every quarter to victory
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.
The Swans demolished the Kats by 67 points last weekend.