Swans finish Saints' season in classy game
A MONGREL kick from 50 metres out that was shepherded through for a goal has taken the Yeppoon Swans into the AFL Capricornia final and finished the BITS Saints' season.
Both teams demonstrated why they were in the semi-final, with strongly contested marks and strong play in perfect conditions at Boyne Island on Saturday afternoon.
The Swans led for the entire match, but the kick that spun in every way it shouldn't have, put an end to a gallant comeback by the Saints.
The Saints trailed by five goals at three quarter time and then they scored the first three goals in the final term, to bring the margin back to nine points.
The fightback was driven by a determined Jacob Mills in the ruck, who found Jake Mostert and Peter Bond, or won his own ball and moved forward.
The next shot on goal slammed halfway up the post and brought the margin back to eight.
The Swans rallied, the mongrel kick bounced through for a goal, and the Swans had the lead back out to three goals.
The last two goals were kicked by the Swans, the siren went, and they had won 95-70.
Swans ruckman Wes Hawke laid the foundation in the first three quarters.
He gave his midfielders first use of the ball which was where the game was won.
Hawke's ability to jump higher, out muscle and palm down the ball directly to his little men showed his mastery of the rucking craft.
The Swans centre half back Leigh Cossens bullocked through tackles all day and provided a lot of run out of defence.
The Saints' swingman Lachlan Cameron was outstanding throughout.
He took strongly contested marks in defence early, and up forward when they needed to score in the final term.
The Saints' Cory Murphy won the hard ball all day, his strength and pace made him impossible to tackle and he opened the game up time and time again.
Swans coach Mark Wallin said he was nervous halfway through the last quarter.
"The Saints are a quality side and they were always going to comeback at us," he said.
"I knew we had the legs and that we could hold them off, but they were really good."
Saints coach Alan Mostert said he was proud of the boys' comeback and their performances all season.