Swans consistent in rout of Falcons
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.
Ruckmen Carl Williams and Sean Stephens compete for the ball.
Adam Dejagween of the Swans narrowly misses a tackle by Falcons’ Joshua Blackman.