Feisty Swans hand Falcons a whip­ping

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tay­lar Amonini

Lad­der lead­ers South Hed­land Swans dom­i­nated round two of the North Pil­bara Foot­ball League on Satur­day with a 80point win over the Kar­ratha Falcons 15.17 (107) to 2.15 (27).

The Swans took a com­mand­ing lead in the first half, scor­ing three goals in a mat­ter of min­utes while Falcons were un­able to kick a goal un­til the fi­nal min­utes of the sec­ond quar­ter thanks to Jeremy Re­gan.

Falcons suf­fered three ma­jor in­juries dur­ing the first quar­ter cutting down ro­ta­tions dras­ti­cally.

Swans Kevin Geary now tops the goal kick­ing list for the North Pil­bara Foot­ball League.

De­spite the dra­matic score­board, how­ever, both teams strug­gled with ac­cu­racy.

Swans as­sis­tant coach Troy Melville said his side could have eas­ily kicked 30 goals if not for their ques­tion­able aim.

“Con­trol fell away from the boys dur­ing the first quar­ter but to their credit af­ter a few words at half-time they ti­died up dur­ing the third quar­ter and used the footy a lot bet­ter,” he said.

It was a som­bre drive home for the Kar­ratha Falcons, with coach Cameron Ling re­flect­ing on the Swans’ dom­i­nance.

“We’re a young group, still de­vel­op­ing too, we just need to build a bit more com­mu­ni­ca­tion within each of the boys,” he said.

“If we start play­ing like we’ve been train­ing and did in pre­sea­son, we’ve got high hopes for the new few rounds to get a few wins on the board.

“We’re not go­ing to lay down and just sub to ev­ery­one, we're go­ing to keep fight­ing and that’s what the boys want to do.

“We’ve got a good cat­tle behind us and we’re go­ing to keep com­ing.”

Ling said cap­tain Ash­ley Cooper was on crutches and at the time of print.

Falcons are hang­ing on fifth place above the Port Hed­land Rovers.

Next week Swans take on Reign­ing league pre­miers Kar­ratha Kats while the Falcons bat­tle it out with Dampier Sharks.

Ruck­men Thomas Wal­lis and Alexan­der Fraun­fel­ter con­test.

Falcons Hay­den Patch­ing and Swans An­gus Young race for the ball.

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