Trent Croton out-muscles a saint on the goal line.
Trent Croton out-muscles a saint on the goal line.

Swans kick it

THE JRT A-Grade Swans hit the road this week for a top of the table clash against the BITS Saints.

It was a hotly anticipated match after the Saints named a number of very handy imports flown in from other leagues to help challenge the unbeaten Swans.

The resulting match was a fantastic physical contest that saw the best challenge put to the Swans in recent times.

Although the Saints trailed for the entire match, they were always in striking distance right to the end with Yeppoon grinding out a hard fought victory 8.12.60 to 4.7.31.

The Swans classy midfield led by Cossens and Garner had the better of the day winning the centre clearances (7-4) and stoppages (10-5) helping set up a domination of forward entries 52 to 26 to the Swans favour.

It was a game dominated by the efforts and desperation of both defensive backlines that saw only 12 goals scored in the match despite the opportunities available to both sides.

The Swans back six remained rock solid under pressure with Gallagher and Maloney standouts.

At the other end, Nicholls put in a solid performance to kick 4 goals while Jake King dropped deep in the second half to kick three well-timed goals when the game was in the balance.

The players always enjoy getting a win over the Saints on their home deck, but going by the enthusiasm of the singing of the club song after the match, it was easy to see this victory was particularly sweet.

The Cap Coast Sand and Soil Reserve Grade turned it on at Boyne Oval, to play their best game for the year, in a ruthless four-quarter display.

Inspired by the early loss to the Saints in the first round at Swan Park, the Yeppoon boys were primed for revenge.

The Swanettes continue to improve this season, but still fell short by eight points in an entertaining game. Best on ground was Samson, the ruck woman played a great game, taking overhead marks, laying tackles and seeking the best position to receive the ball.

The under-17 lads remain undefeated as they ground out a gritty 40-point win. The coast side was tested early by a determined Saints side, but the Swans showed plenty of courage and spirit to deny the home side an upset win. Cossens was best on ground, as he repelled many opposition assaults from deep in defence, his courage and skill is engrained in his families DNA and he was a winner all day.

The U13 Swans had a hard fought match at the home of the BITS Saints, with only five majors being kicked throughout the game.

Coming out winners by 28 points the Swans raised to the challenge with on ballers Ben, Ethan, Riley and Ruck man Jesse, winning it out of the middle to get it into the Swans forward 50 on numerous times but the Saints backline stayed strong in front of the home crowd to keep the score to only two goals in the first, and one each quarter after that.

Next week the Yeppoon Swans travel to Kele Park in Rockhampton to take on the Rockhampton Kangaroos.



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