YEPPOON Swans junior Leigh Cossens celebrated his 50th game in the top grade with a best-on-ground performance in the side's 17.9 (111) to 12.3 (75) win over Rockhampton Panthers.
Playing at half back flank, Cossens, who works as a junior draftsman at Capricorn Engineering and Drafting Services in Rockhampton, was judged his side's best as the Swans made a timely return to form against the fourth-placed Panthers at Swan Park on Saturday.
The 21-year-old made a number of crucial plays in defence, which prevented the Panthers from capitalising on their attacking opportunities.
Joining the club as a 10-year-old, Cossens adds the 50-game milestone to his junior haul, which sits at well over the 100-game mark. Prior to the break, the Swans had lost two of their last three matches but the fortnight's rest has ensured Swans skipper Matt Wallin's troops have recovered from their niggling injuries in time for Saturday afternoon's Round 11 top-of-the-table clash with Glenmore Bulls.
The Bulls' single loss of the AFL Capricornia A-grade premiership season came against the Swans in Round 6.
SENIORS - ROUND 10
BITS Saints 12.11 (83) def Gladstone Mudcrabs 10.7 (67) on Saturday at Boyne Island Oval
Glenmore Bulls 27.22 (184) def Brothers Roos 3.3 (21) on Saturday at Kele Park
Yeppoon Swans 17.9 (111) def Rockhampton Panthers 12.3 (75) on Saturday at Swan Park
The Swans moved into second spot with the 36-point win over the Panthers and head into Saturday's match against the Bulls' at Swan Park close to full strength.
"It was good to get back into the winning way," Wallin said. "They're (Panthers) on the improve. From where they were when we played them earlier in the year to where they are, they're a different side."
While many weren't too pleased with the school holiday break, Wallin welcomed it. "We had a few blokes that were struggling with niggling injuries so it (the school holidays) suited us to a tee," Wallin said.
Meanwhile, the Bulls were in red-hot form on Saturday, booting 27 goals in their 163-point win over the rebuilding Brothers Roos to record their ninth win of the season.
Darcy Payne and Cameron Imrie both booted six goals while Tim Higgins added four to take his season tally to 34, and second on the competition leaderboard behind the Swans' Albert Russell (48).
BITS Saints kicked seven final-quarter goals to defeat Gladstone Mudcrabs 12.11 (83) to 10.7 (67) at Boyne Island Oval on Saturday.