Wolves in thrilling victory over Swans

Shannon BeattieNorth West Telegraph
Swans player Kevin Charles takes a mark during their clash against Wolves last Saturday night.
Camera IconSwans player Kevin Charles takes a mark during their clash against Wolves last Saturday night. Credit: Tim Ledger

Last Saturday night’s match at Kevin Scott Oval was a thriller, with the Wolves doing just enough to get the four points over opponents South Hedland.

Wayward kicking in front of goal saw the Wolves struggling for most of the game, only managing to win by a single point.

The Wolves got off to a strong start, scoring 5.5 and going into the first change with a 23-point lead.

The Swans came out to play in the second quarter, booting seven goals and entering the major break with an 11-point buffer. The Wolves were able to bring it back in the third, keeping the Swans to 1.1 and scoring 2.4 themselves, meaning a lead of just two points for the Swans at the final change.

With the Wolves up by a point with just a few seconds left in the last quarter, a Swans player kicked on goal from just inside 50 but could not make the distance, handing victory to the Wolves.

The final score was Wolves 10.17 (77) to Swans 12.4 (76).

Swans league coach Brendan Wattleworth said the game was filled with a mixture of emotions.

“I’m really proud of how well the boys did against the reigning champs, but it’s always a shame not to get a win,” he said.

“It did give me the belief that we can bring it to any team in the league, so we just need to make sure we don’t take the foot off the pedal against the Rovers next week.”

Despite more inaccuracy on goal in the reserves, the Swans were able to secure a victory in that game.

South Hedland led from the first quarter and were never in doubt but did miss many opportunities to really punish their opponents.

The Swans finished the match on 8.22 (70) to the Wolves’ 7.1 (43).

Next up is derby round, with the Rovers taking on Swans at Colin Matheson Oval on Friday night.

Reserves kick off at 6pm and league take to the field at 8.45pm.

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