Swans soar to top Rovers by 57 points

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tay­lar Amonini

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.

Pic­tures: Tay­lar Amonini

Rovers’ Joel Arnott in ac­tion dur­ing their round 1 clash against Swans.

Swans’ Kur­tis Geary dodges Nat Field­ing.

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