Swans stay positive after bitter defeat
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.”
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.