Swans send Tigers packing
THE Lismore Swans have ended the brave run of the Tweed Coast Tigers in the preliminary final of the Summerland Australian Football League which was played at Ballina on Saturday.
The Tigers made their debut in the competition this year and have surprised many sides with their tenacity.
But Lismore triumphed 13.8 (86) to 10.10 (70) and the Swans have now progressed to take on minor premiers Byron Bay in the grand final at Bangalow next Saturday.
The Swans came into the game missing some bigger bodies through injuries from last week’s major semi-final loss to Byron.
Lismore’s much younger squad took advantage of the larger ground and warm conditions.
The Tigers were the first to put a score on the board, but the Swans led by 16 points at half-time.
The Swans opened up the game in the third term as their loose forwards hurt Tweed constantly on the scoreboard.
But Tweed hit back and made the score more respectable even though they trailed by 29 points heading into the final quarter.
Meanwhile, the Mason Medal for the Summerland League’s Best and Fairest has gone to Lismore’s Danny Bruce. The Tigers’ Jonathan Bevan was the runner-up.
The leading goalkicker award went to Byron’s Doug Perich ahead of the Tweed Tigers’ Julian Van den Driest.