Swans pecked to pieces

SAFL by Roly Wintle

The Byron Bay Magpies exacted revenge for their Schulz Oval defeat against Lismore Swans at Mortimer Oval on Saturday, flying home with a 10.14.74 to 6.5.41 victory.

The opening quarter was a good old-fashioned arm wrestle as the 16-14 scoreline suggested. The second and third stanzas were dominated by the Magpies, exhibiting their trademark switches of play and superbly creating the loose man.

For a time the capacity crowd was expecting an avalanche of Magpie goals but this was not to be the case. The Swannies rallied and out gunned the Magpies in the last quarter, booting home four late goals, but it wasnt enough to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Swans stand-in captain Luke Longers Meldrum played an an absolute blinder in his 100th game for the club. New signings Simmo and Johnson were blockbusting on the wing and centre. It was a bit like watching Schwarzenegger wreak havoc in the Terminator movies.

Cameron Munted Goulter easily had his best match of the season with a rock-solid display from the farmer, who was back to his barnstorming best.

Swans coach Ronnie Meldrum, although disappointed with the weekends result, is excited about the imminent return of star players Lyndon Dyson, Roly Barrett, Luke Doc Henschke, Josh Suffolk and Doug Bone.

This Saturday the Swans host the Murwillumbah Hawks.

Up there cazaly!


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