Tough Tigers tell on tardy Swans
THERE’S a new benchmark in the Summerland AFL and it goes by the name of Tweed Coast Tigers.
The second-year club waltzed into Lismore on Saturday and thumped the Swans by 88 points, 22.18 (150) to 9.8 (62), firming as serious premiership contenders.
The Tigers won in every conceivable measure, most notably on the scoreboard. They were first to the ball, their midfield won plenty of it from the stoppages and their defence gave away nothing.
The Swans also had no answer to the Tigers’ plethora of big men, including Grogan Medal winner (QAFL fairest-and-best) David Round. The home side played right into their opponent’s hands by going long and high, when keeping it low and wide would have helped.
The alarm bells would have started ringing for the Swans’ brains trust by quarter-time, with the Tigers having peppered their goals seemingly at will, but their inaccuracy kept the home side in it.
Tweed Coast kept up their around-the-ball pressure through much of the game. The Swans rallied some in the third term but their conversion rate was poor. Only forwards Jak Johnson and Wes Seewald proved any value for the home team.
Any hope of a late-match Swans revival was snuffed out early in the last quarter when the Tigers’ Arnold Knight popped up to kick three goals in as many minutes.
Until then, the former Queensland Under-21 representative had been well tagged by the Swans’ Lincoln Shinners, but when he was shifted forward, Knight broke free and turned on a show.
Yesterday, Byron Magpies returned to some form, thumping Coolangatta by 80 points, 20.10 (137) to 9.3 (57), at Shultz Oval, Bangalow.
The Magpies capitalised on a good start – a seven goals-to-one first quarter – and were never headed.
The home side were well served by applying midfield pressure on the Blues, with Magpies ruckman Tom Clune leading the way.
Under-rated Magpies defender Crispin Myers was solid down back and team-mate Johnathon Brooks was in everything from the middle.
Byron’s Greg Trevena and Doug Perich booted six goals each.
The Nimbin v Ballina game at Nimbin was postponed due to rain.