Eddie Burton stars for Swans
LISMORE’S Eddie Burton may have brought his own football to the Swans’ Summerland AFL clash with Coolan-gatta at the weekend, because he certainlyhad enough of it.
Burton put in a best-on-ground performance in the Swans’ 67-point 15.20 (110) to 6.7 (43) dismantling of the previously unbeaten Blues at Mortimer Oval, Lismore, on Saturday.
The speedy onballer provided the drive that gave the Swans the early ascendancy and, with good support from the midfield, helped launch wave after wave of attack.
His capacity to run hard and be where the ball was undermined the Blues who, despite several attempts, could find no-one to stop him.
Burton capped off his match-winning game with a superb high-flying mark on an opponent’s back, and two goals.
Lismore booted the first goal of the game within a minute and kept their noses in front for the rest of the term.
The Swans dominated proceedings but it was no sure thing for the home side early on.
Their inaccurate forwards kept Coolangatta within reach and were it not for the tightly run ship in defence, led by Gus Legoe, Morgan Hindry and stayer Simon Howard, the Blues may have been more keen on the contest.
The Blues may have needed a quarter to adjust but several key positional changes by Swans coach George Massa kept them guessing.
Strong-marking forward Dean Webb and Wes Seewald combined to kick seven of the Swans’ 15 goals, with youngster Tim Piper chipping in for one.
On a sour note for the winners, utility Jake Ryan went down with a serious knee injury in the third quarter and may not play again this year.
Also on Saturday, Tweed Coast put the league on notice with a 78-point 20.15 (135) to 8.9 (57) win over Ballina at Pottsville.
The Bombers were never in the hunt, conceding six goals in the first quarter alone, but they hit back with five unanswered goals in the second to be within five points before the main break.
Gold Coast recruits Arnold Knight and David Round dominated for the Tigers, who had nine separate goal-kickers.
On Thursday night, the Byron Magpies had no trouble in defeating Nimbin at Shultz Oval, Bangalow.