Sharks un­able to match swift Swans

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

The South Hed­land Swans league side have as­serted them­selves on the home stretch to fi­nals with a big win over Dampier Sharks in round 14, show­ing they are back in ac­tion af­ter some shaky games in the past few rounds.

Swans tri­umphed by 84 points in what was a mostly com­pet­i­tive game at Windy Ridge Oval on Satur­day.

Both the league and re­serves games were played sev­eral hours ear­lier than usual to make time for a Sharks club func­tion — which, in a sign of cross-club sol­i­dar­ity, their op­po­nents were also in­vited to.

Swans led from the start, though the Sharks were not far be­hind and hung on through­out the first half.

But from the third quar­ter, fit­ness woes started tak­ing their toll on the home side and their mo­men­tum be­gan to drop away.

South Hed­land swiftly cap­i­talised, mov­ing the ball for­ward ef­fort­lessly through­out the fi­nal quar­ter to add an­other 9.5 to their score and max­imise their per­cent­age with a fi­nal re­sult of 20.14 (134) to 7.8 (50). Steele Viti was the Swans’ top goal scorer with a six­goal con­tri­bu­tion to the match, while team­mate John Nan­nup kicked four.

Swans league coach Troy Melville said de­spite the score­board, it had been a stand-out game be­tween the two sides.

“It’s ... the best game I’ve been af­fil­i­ated with in my time here — the best free-flow­ing, in-the-air, con­tested footy game,” he said.

“Both teams had a re­ally good crack.”

Sharks league coach Kris­tian Dic­ton said it was a shame to have suf­fered from a “lack of legs” — but “all you can ask is to be com­pet­i­tive, and that’s what we did”.

The Sharks had rea­son to be much hap­pier with their re­serves game, in which they de­feated South Hed­land 17.10 (112) to 6.4 (40). A 7.3 spree in the first quar­ter put them on the front foot and they man­aged to sus­tain the high scor­ing over the course of the game to ul­ti­mately over­whelm the Swans side. The two teams, which both coaches said had a good club re­la­tion­ship, re­laxed to Daren Reid and the Soul City Groove at the Sharks club­house af­ter the match.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Dampier Sharks and South Hed­land Swans play­ers kicked back post-match at a Sharks' club func­tion.

South Hed­land Swans' Steven Ja­cobs and Jesse Simp­son.

Brook Ebb­sworth, Codi Bin Salleh, Jono Bin Salleh and Nick Bur­rell.

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