Cool-headed Swans prevail
The South Hedland Swans have soared to the top of the ladder after a dominant win over reigning premiers the Wickham Wolves on Saturday.
Wickham got off to a fast start at Kevin Scott Oval, outscoring the Swans in the first term.
The Wolves kicked four goals from seven scoring shots to take a 13-point lead at the first break.
With their backs seemingly up against the wall, the Swans showed why they have been such a dominant team this season, snatching back the lead in the second term.
The Swans kicked four goals in the second quarter and were able to shut down the Wolves’ imposing attacking unit to keep them scoreless going into the main break.
Swans continued to pick apart the Wolves in the third quarter, cutting through their defence with ease to score four goals, extending their lead to 32 points at the end of the third term. A late rally that saw the Wolves outscore the Swans in the final quarter proved too little too late, with the Swans running out 25-point winners, 13.4 (82) to 8.9 (57).
Swans’ Nelson Ansey kicked three goals to level with teammate Kevin Geary as the North Pilbara Leagues top goal-kicker with 14 goals.
Swans’ Deromitt Wilson also kicked three goals, while the Wolves’ Tyson Nicholas bagged four goals.
The win saw the Swans move a game clear on top of the ladder with three rounds remaining of the home and away season.
Meanwhile in the reserves, the Swans dismantled the Wolves in a 59-point hammering.
Swans led from the start, punishing the Wolves over the four quarters finishing with 11 goals to the Wolves two.
The final score was South Hedland Swans 11.10 (76) to Wickham Wolves 2.5 (17).
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