Feath­ers ruf­fled

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORTS - By Alison O'Con­nor

A whole lot of soul search­ing will be hap­pen­ing in the Swans’ nest this week af­ter an em­bar­rass­ing 79-point thrash­ing at the hands of Stan­hope.

Avenel looked dis­mal from the open­ing bounce, scor­ing just one be­hind in the open­ing term, while it could only muster six scor­ing shots for the en­tire match.

Stan­hope was su­pe­rior in the con­di­tions, play­ing the heavy rain-soaked ground far bet­ter than its vis­i­tors.

The Lions seemed to move the ball with ease down the ground and in to goal, while Avenel looked a shadow of its for­mer dom­i­nant self, miss­ing tar­gets and fum­bling and turn­ing the ball over on count­less oc­ca­sions.

Stan­hope be­gan the pro­ceed­ings with a five-goal open­ing term, but the Swans fought back in the sec­ond quar­ter and outscored their op­po­si­tion by a goal to make a small in­road on the quar­ter-time mar­gin.

How­ever that was where the fight ended, with the Swans man­ag­ing just one be­hind for the en­tire sec­ond half.

An in­jury to nim­ble mid­fielder Michael Mor­gan — who was ar­guably his side’s best in the open­ing half — early in the third term hurt the Swans, who had the work left to too few.

Play­ing coach Don Stir­ling was at his in­spi­ra­tional best all game, lead­ing from the front in the try­ing con­di­tions.

Re­cruit Max Lawrence was un­der heavy fire in the back­line but stood tall all game, re­pelling a num­ber of Stan­hope for­ward for­ays, while veteran Paul Arandt de­fied the years with a good per­for­mance in the ruck.

Some of the side’s small brigade — namely Nick Good­win, Ryan Lam­bert and Lachie Drum­mond — rev­elled in the con­di­tions to also be among the Swans’ best on a dark day for the club.

Stir­ling gave the group an ab­so­lutely sav­age, al­beit de­served, tongue-lash­ing af­ter the game, say­ing that too much had been left to too few.

It’s been a dis­as­trous start to the year for the Swans. They lost to Nagam­bie in the grand fi­nal re­match in the open­ing round by 44 points, then had the bye in round two fol­lowed by an­other bye the fol­low­ing week thanks to Easter.

The Swans were no doubt un­der­done go­ing into Satur­day’s match, hav­ing had two weeks in a row off, and it clearly showed.

It’ll be a gru­elling week on the train­ing track this week for Avenel, be­fore it re­sets and faces Mer­rigum at home on Satur­day. Score: Stan­hope 14.16 (100) d Avenel 3.3 (21) Goals: M. Thomas, C. Bur­ton, C. McCarthy Best: D. Stir­ling, M. Lawrence, P. Arandt, N. Good­win, R. Lam­bert, L. Drum­mond.

The se­verely un­der­manned Avenel re­serves were no match for top-of-the-ta­ble Stan­hope, go­ing down by 69 points.

It was a low-scor­ing af­fair in the open­ing term, with Stan­hope man­ag­ing two goals and Avenel a soli­tary be­hind, but the Lions put the foot to the floor as the match wore on, in­creas­ing their lead at ev­ery break to run out easy win­ners.

Club pres­i­dent Dan Boote made a cameo ap­pear­ance for the Swans and im­me­di­ately had an im­pact, boot­ing his side’s first goal for the match in the sec­ond term,.

John Green, in his first show­ing for the club since re­turn­ing this year, was one of the stand­outs for the Swans and will be push­ing for se­nior se­lec­tion this week.

Si­mon Van Duinen was an­other to shine for the Swans, while Luke Urquhart toiled hard. Score: Stan­hope 14.11 (95) d Avenel 4.2 (26) Goals: J. Green, L. Urquhart, A. Dowling, D. Boote Best: S. Van Duinen, L. Urquhart, J. Green, S. Richard­son, T. Pea­cock, Z. Brown.

It might have been their first match of the sea­son, but there was cer­tainly no signs of rusty foot­ball for Avenel’s un­der-18 co­hort, which recorded a con­vinc­ing 107-point win away from home.

The Swans sur­pris­ingly scored with ease on the rain­soaked Stan­hope ground; they booted five goals to none in the open­ing term and never looked back from there.

Avenel had an im­pres­sive 31 scor­ing shots to its op­po­si­tion’s four for the match, with Brenton Tempest do­ing the bulk of the dam­age up for­ward with five ma­jors.

An­drew Dowling booted four goals for the Swans, while Karl Flas­kett fin­ished with three.

Will Dun­don did a power of work in the back­line and around the ground to be named his side’s best, with Ja­cob Nip­per­ess and Quin­tain Rick­man also keys to the side’s win. Score: Stan­hope 0.4 (4) lt Avenel 16.15 (111) Goals: B. Tempest 5; A. Dowling 4; K. Flas­kett 3; J. Nip­per­ess 2; T. Long, N. Ca­vanagh Best: W. Dun­don, J. Nip­per­ess, Q. Rick­man, T. Chan­loup, A. Dowling, B. Tempest.

Re­serves Thirds

First to it: Kasey Dun­can gets front po­si­tion.

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