Bombers blitz Swans in Casino
SAFL by Roly Wintle
The Lismore Swans transferred their match against the Ballina Bombers to Casinos Queen Elizabeth Park in Round 16 of the SAFL as Mortimer Oval was closed due to the heavy rains.
For the Swans there was a lot riding on this match, notably the opportunity to snatch second spot on the ladder and relegate the defending premiers to third on percentages.
However the Bombers had other ideas and flew their squadron of fighters in good formation, blitzing the enemy lines in a ruthless, clinical assault that saw them defeat the Swans 21.12.138 to 6.4.40.
Its not that the Swans were dreadful they were courageous and spirited but the Bombers played as a well-drilled unit and executed their coachs game plan to perfection.
The first quarter was a tense tussle with the Bombers ahead 38 to 22 but by half time they extended their lead to 31 points. The next two quarters the Bombers really ran away with it.
Peter Plummer returned to the Bombers side from Victoria and it was a real family affair playing with sons Ben and Gavan.
Jack Outback Hatfield has been a revelation for the Swans this season and was brilliant in the ruck-roving role, as was nuggety sidekick Daniel They call me Bruce. Coach Meldrum, who is faced with a growing list of injured players, now has the Herculean task of steering the Swans to a premiership from third on the ladder.
Next week Round 17 action sees the Bombers take on the Magpies at Fripp Oval, whilst the Swans travel to Murwillumbah to take on the Hawks.
Up there Cazaly!