Swans con­sis­tent in rout of Fal­cons

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tay­lar Amonini

South Hed­land Swans showed again why they were in the fi­nals last year as they grounded the Kar­ratha Fal­cons in a 73-point win over the week­end.

Round 12 of the North Pil­bara Foot­ball League was noth­ing short of ex­cit­ing as Swans proved to be the dom­i­nant bird, thrash­ing Fal­cons 17.18 (120) to 7.5 (47).

De­spite the loss, the Fal­cons played a strong game, keep­ing up with the Swans un­til the last quar­ter, leav­ing five goals unan­swered.

Swans’ ques­tion­able aim this sea­son reared its head dur­ing the first quar­ter as they strug­gled to gain a goal un­til the last few min­utes of the quar­ter thanks to Mal­com An­der­son.

While quick feet put the ball mainly in the Swans’ for­ward line, a shaky de­fence saw Fal­cons put some easy num­bers on the board when they dodged the wa­ter­birds.

Af­ter half-time the Swans found their groove as Tracin Geary, Kur­tis Geary, An­gus Young and Kevin Charles dom­i­nated the score­board.

Not to be out­done, Fal­cons’ Ryan Patch­ing played a stun­ning 50th game to be named best on field for the vis­it­ing team.

With an ex­cel­lent fi­nal quar­ter, South Hed­land Swans coach­ing men­tor Troy Melville said he was pleased with the con­sis­tency and the pres­sure the team put on their op­po­nents.

“It took us a while to get go­ing but the boys kept work­ing away to open up the game in the sec­ond half and cap­i­talise on the Fal­cons’ short­com­ings and run over top of them,” he said.

“It was pleas­ing to see the boys cap­i­talise on the for­ward en­try and put the pres­sure on.

“We got ex­posed a few times on turnovers but that’s some­thing to work on.”

Melville said he was also pleased to see the team rally around Zarak Bin Saad, who has taken the reins of se­nior coach for the team. Kar­ratha Fal­cons coach Cameron Ling said while the game could have gone bet­ter for the boys, he was pleased given nine play­ers came from the re­serves side that night.

“Our first half struc­tured up pretty well, the boys played a short game and ex­posed Swans on the out­side of our runs and car­ried on pretty well,” he said.

”Ryan Patch­ing played an out­stand­ing game and Dy­lan FosterReed and Kyle Hart kept up con­sis­tently and played well, which was great for the young crew there who are still evolv­ing in their game.

“The boys re­ally showed char­ac­ter and it’s all about pro­gress­ing and I think now just look­ing to­wards the end of the sea­son and how we can im­prove over the next three games.”

The win pushed Swans up to fourth place on the lad­der and Jack Cop­pin and Kevin Geary in­creased their po­si­tions on the league’s top goal kick­ers list.

Next week’s Hed­land derby will mark the 50th an­niver­sary re­union of the Port Hed­land Rovers as they take on the South Hed­land Swans at Colin Matther­son Oval.

For­mer play­ers and coaches from as far back as the 1970s, when the club was formed at The Es­planade Ho­tel will be at the Port Hed­land grounds.

The derby games will be­gin at 5.30pm, and the re­serves and league will kick off at 7.45pm.

Pic­tures: Tay­lar Amonini

Ruck­men Carl Williams and Sean Stephens com­pete for the ball.

Adam De­jag­ween of the Swans nar­rowly misses a tackle by Fal­cons’ Joshua Black­man.

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