Swans still ladder leaders of Aussie Rules Capricornia comp
YEPPOON Swans A-grade side retained their place at the top of the Aussie Rules Capricornia ladder when they defeated fellow frontrunners BITS Saints.
The Swans certainly proved their superiority at their Swan Park homeground on Saturday, leading their BITS Saints visitors from the first bounce, to go on and take a 14.8 (92) to 6.11 (47) victory.
Swans coach Dale Wetzler could not have been happier with the result and said despite windy coastal conditions, the Swans managed to get away early and remained consistent throughout the clash.
"The first quarter was fairly even, it was blowing a gale but by the end of the first quarter we were up by a goal and really found our feet in the second quarter," Wetzler said.
Wetzler said BITS came out strong in the second quarter and were within about 24 points of the Swans by half time but the visitors could not quite pin them back. "We really ran away with it in the second half of the game," Wetzler said. "BITS were still very strong and they kept themselves in the game. I think they are equally deserving frontrunners and the score didn't reflect their strength."
Wetzler said midfielder Matthew Wallin played very well and was recognised by some as the most dominant player on the field.
Wallin was supported in his performance by Swans youngsters Sebastian Kilpatrick Brazier, Dean Paton, Daniel Mulvey, Albert Russell and Tom Cossens.
"Tom Cossens was the best on the field and played very well in the centre halfback position," Wetzler said.
"Cossens and centre halfback Albert Russell linked well together and Albert delivered the ball really well into the forward line."
Wetzler said he was looking forward to playing the Glenmore Bulls in the next round and aimed to keep improving his young side.
Aussie Rules Capricornia leading goalkicker Luke O'Shea managed to boot another three goals from full forward to add to his tally and BITS best included Joel Poole, Max Davis and Luke Moriarty.
In other games around the region, Rockhampton Panthers beat traditional rivals Glenmore Bulls in an extremely tight, "down to the last few minutes" 91-82 clash at Rocky Cricket Grounds while Gladstone beat Brothers 109-53 in the battle of the cellar dwellers at Kele Park.
Yeppoon Swans 3.2 8.4 9.5 14.8 (92) def BITS Saints 2.0 3.4 4.10 6.11 (47); Gladstone Mudcrabs 2.4 5.8 9.9 16.13 (109) def Brothers 'Roos 1.3 1.6 5.9 7.11 (53); Rockhampton Panthers 2.0 5.3 10.4 14.7 (91) def Glenmore Bulls 3.4 4.6 8.7 12.10 (82).