Swans swamped as Rovers on the rise
In an epic derby battle at Kevin Scott Oval at the weekend, Port Hedland Rovers’ skills proved too much for the South Hedland Swans.
Going from strength to strength in the North Pilbara Football League, Rovers proved that despite a slow start to the season, they aren’t a team to be messed with after slugging their cross-town rivals 16.6 (102) to 10.8 (68).
Starting out strong, Rovers’ Mark Cashion scored goal after goal with a total of seven for the game as Swans struggled to lift off in the first quarter.
Swans’ Jack Coppin was another goalscoring king as he kicked six of the Swans’ 10 goals, followed by Rovers’ Kieran Harding and Andrew Buckenara with two goals each.
A strong structure and execution of the game plans the Rovers had been working on all season saw the Swans playing catch-up from the very beginning as halftime came and went with Rovers in an 11-point lead.
Swans coaching mentor Troy Melville said the team had no excuses when it came to the big loss.
“We tried to throw things around a little bit and at stages got a little bit of momentum and lowered the margin,” he said.
“The Rovers just found another gear and that avenue to goal from Cashion was a bit too much for us to overcome.”
Pleased with his players and team, Rovers coach Nat Fielding said he was proud of the boys for following through with everything they had been working on in training.
“We’ve got a couple of good players back on the side and obviously we’re getting really good at working together so it was great to see everything we’ve been working on come to fruition,” he said.
“A highlight was probably just the way we responded throughout the game. The boys were constantly able to get the ball back into our favour.”
The unfortunate loss has meant the Swans are now third on the ladder under Karratha Kats and Wickham Wolves, while Rovers remain fifth on the ladder above Karratha Falcons.
This Saturday’s round 7 competition will see Swans take on Karratha Falcons at Bulgarra Oval, while Rovers have a home game against Dampier Sharks.
In a battle for the ball, Rovers’ Kieran Harding gets surrounded by Alexander Fraunfelter and Jared Ahlers.
South Hedland Swans’ Adam Dejagweem.