Swans soar to top Rovers by 57 points
South Hedland Swans proved their prowess against Port Hedland Rovers to run away with the town’s first derby contest for 2017 by 57 points.
The cross-town rivals put on a ferocious display of contested football in the North Pilbara Football League round 1 clash.
Clearly intent on proving they are still the top dogs of Hedland, the Swans played tight and determined footy as the two teams arm-wrestled to get on top of the game. The game went downhill after half-time for Rovers as Swans took control for a 15.10 (100) to 6.7 (43) victory.
Leading goal kickers of the game were Kevin Geary of Swans with four goals and Brad Horsman of Rovers with three goals.
Jack Coppin, Adam Djagween and Angus Young all kicked two goals each for Swans while Nat Fielding kicked two for Rovers.
Swans coaching mentor Troy Melville said he was happy to see the senior players lead the team with so many younger players joining the team for the season.
“The first half was a bit of an arm-wrestle for both sides; there was a bit of a lack of fitness which is expected being round 1,” he said. “I think our guys got a bit lucky after half-time where Rovers got a few injuries and a few of our senior players were able to capitalise on that, taking advantage and getting the score board ticking over.”
Rovers president Mal Olive agreed with Melville that all the boys were realising their fitness levels were not where they needed to be. “The derby always bring out passion in the boys but no real malice out there,” he said.
“The first half the boys showed good signs, under new coach Nat Fielding they got bit of game plan going. The scoreline didn’t flatter us but. . . the first half showed signs that hopefully at pointy end of season we’ll be thereabouts.”
The first round of the 15-round season now see the Swans at the top of the league ladder while Rovers are sitting at the bottom.
In the next round, Rovers will travel to Dampier to face the Sharks while Swans will have a home game against the Karratha Falcons.
Rovers’ Joel Arnott in action during their round 1 clash against Swans.
Swans’ Kurtis Geary dodges Nat Fielding.