Swans stay pos­i­tive af­ter bit­ter de­feat

Pilbara News - - Sport - Re­becca Par­ish

The South Hed­land Swans will take on Wick­ham again this week­end, in a fi­nals re­play to de­cide who will host this year’s North Pil­bara Foot­ball League grand fi­nal.

The match comes af­ter a bit­ter loss for the Swans at home against the Wolves at the week­end, with the home team go­ing down to their op­po­nents 8, 10 (58) to 6, 11 (47).

It was a gal­lant start for his Hed­land side, ac­cord­ing to coach Troy Melville, who said Satur­day’s match was a good game.

“We started off al­right and they came back at us,” he said.

“We ex­e­cuted a lot of what we wanted to do well (but) they ex­e­cuted a bit bet­ter than us.”

Scores sat close to level at half­time in the rel­a­tively low-scor­ing game, but the Wolves ran away with the game in the sec­ond half as a strong home crowd watched on.

Stelle Viti slot­ted three goals for the Swans while Jar­rod Cross also kicked three for the Wolves.

Lan­don Punch also man­aged two for the Wolves.

Melville said the side were look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of go­ing to Wick­ham this week­end, adding they were con­fi­dent of mak­ing this year’s grand fi­nal.

He said more pres­sure would be on the Wolves given it was at their home ground.

“I guess over­all, I was prob­a­bly a bit dis­ap­pointed to lose but at the end of the day I’m not wor­ried about trav­el­ling to Wick­ham,” he said.

“They’ve proved to be the best side in the comp this year … so hope­fully we can find that 5 per cent ex­tra to get over the line.”

Pic­tures: Re­becca Par­ish

The Wolves won the match against the Swans by 11 points at the week­end.

Swans and Wolves in ac­tion.

The two sides face up in the ruck.

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