Swans swamped as Rovers on the rise

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tay­lar Amonini

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.

Pictures: Tay­lar Amonini

In a bat­tle for the ball, Rovers’ Kieran Hard­ing gets sur­rounded by Alexan­der Fraun­fel­ter and Jared Ah­lers.

South Hed­land Swans’ Adam De­jag­weem.

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