Swans take out win against Bombers
IF Saturday’s Summerland AFL Round 6 match between Ballina and Lismore can be replicated each weekend, regardless of who is playing, then local football followers will be in for a treat.
Lismore came out on top in what was an early contender for match of the year, holding off the home side by two straight kicks, 14.9 (93) to 12.9 (81).
It was hard and fast, a highly skilled game with a pulsating edge.
But it was no sure thing for Lismore on Saturday.
Neither team could gain much of an ascendancy over the other for long. The midfield engine rooms purred with Daniel Moloney (Lismore) and Travis Clarke (Ballina) holding court.
Moloney ran himself into the ground to be Lismore’s best.
He received solid support from former Central Queensland pair Reese Lavery and Aaron Peters, whose increased work rate off a half-forward flank in the second half gave the Swans much-needed drive.
Where the Swans held the advantage, however, was in the air, with young prospect Jak Johnson hauling in marks from all angles.
The tall teen from Townsville capped of his aerial show with three goals, the most for his side.
Both teams used the wide expanses of Fripp Oval cleverly and the home side got good value here from emerging young guns Liam Stafford and Lee Pittavino.
A late final-quarter surge from Ballina, where they reduced the margin to 12 points, came too late.
Up the Pacific Highway, Tweed Coast swamped Byron Magpies by a mammoth 118 points, 23.25 (163) d 7.6 (45).
The Tigers are primed for Lismore in two weeks after this weekend’s representative match.