South Hed­land re­serves side keep Wick­ham at bay

North West Telegraph - - Sport - Ali­cia Perera

South Hed­land Swans have se­cured a spot in the NPFL re­serves grand fi­nal by out­play­ing the Wick­ham Wolves in a tight pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal match on Satur­day.

The Swans re­serves, who fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son in sec­ond place on the lad­der, de­feated the Wolves by 18 points to sur­vive the de­cider and go through the fi­nal against the Kar­ratha Kats this week­end.

It was no easy feat, though, with the teams ap­pear­ing well matched from the start and de­ter­mined, given the high stakes.

Swans got slightly ahead in a close first quar­ter and went to the first break eight points up, 2.3 (15) to 1.1 (7).

With the Wolves hot on their heels, they did well to main­tain that one-goal buf­fer in the sec­ond and third quar­ters.

South Hed­land only re­ally streaked ahead in the fi­nal quar­ter, when they kicked 4.2 for the term — their high­est sin­gle-quar­ter score of the game.

Mid­way through the last term, Wick­ham launched a late surge in an ef­fort to close the mar­gin but they could not do enough be­fore the Swans an­swered.

The fi­nal score was 10.8 (68) to 7.8 (50). Goal scor­ing was shared around in both teams but Swans’ Frankie Pick­ett and Wolves’ Claude Tay­lor and Chris Milne were their teams’ top con­trib­u­tors.

The grand fi­nal be­tween the Swans and Kats will be played at 4pm Satur­day at Mil­lars Well Oval.

A Swans player dives on a stray ball.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Perera

Wolves' Jack Cheedy flies for a mark.

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