Clutch Swan snags win

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The South Hedland Swans celebrating their victory
Camera IconThe South Hedland Swans celebrating their victory Credit: Pictures: Alexander Scott

An after-the-siren goal from Nelson Ansey sent the South Hedland Swans straight through to the North Pilbara Football League grand final after defeating the Karratha Kats by one point.

The Kats got off to a fast start in the semifinal clash at Millars Well Oval on Saturday, booting the first two goals of the game before Swans were able to fire back.

The back-and-forth quarter saw Swans kick four straight to lead by three points at the first change.

Swans blasted the first goal after the break while the Kats wasted opportunities in the second term, kicking 1.4 to the Swans 2.1 to give the Swans an eight-point lead at the main break.

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Both sides struggled to score in the third term, with the Swans scoring the only goal of the quarter while the home side kicked four behinds.

In an action-packed final term, the Kats wrestled back the lead in the dying minutes of the quarter with three goals while the Swans struggled with three behinds.

With only seconds left in the game and trailing by five points, the Swans made one final push getting the ball into their attacking 50 before Ansey was awarded a free kick for a high tackle in front of goal.

With the siren sounding, Ansey backed himself to kick the game-winning goal, sending the Swans into the grand final.

The final scorecard was the Swans, 8.4 (52) defeating Kats 7.9 (51).

Ansey starred for the Swans with four goals, and Kevin Geary bagged three, while Nelson White and Ben Maine kicked two goals each for the Kats.

Swans coach Joe Ewan said it was a great feeling to go straight through to the grand final.

“The effort the boys have put in over the season, their commitment to playing 10 straight games, they deserve it,” he said.

“To be able to take it home is fantastic.”

In the reserves, the Kats booked their ticket to the final dance with a two-goal win over the Swans.

The Swans led by five points at half-time, before an arm-wrestle of a third term had both teams tied on 40 points.

The hard-fought game went down to the dying minutes before Kats were able to blast their way to a two-goal lead to take the win off a strong Swans team.

The final score was the Kats 9.5 (59) defeating Swans 7.5 (47).

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