SAFL with Roly Wintle
Ballina Bombers annihilated a plucky Lismore Swans outfit 20.10.130 to 3.10.28 in windy conditions at Fripp Oval. If Bombers coach Scott Hurleys game plan was to outwit, outlast and outplay, then his squadron carried out his orders to the letter. Running in packs the Bombers supported each other and turned defence into attack brilliantly. They created the loose man and then produced their trademark switch and backed it up with plenty of willing runners. Their use of the backwards handball was potent, as was the delivery to their hard working forward line.
The fast moving match was marred by cheap shots and when Roly Barrett was flattened in the centre square in the first quarter. It really should have been reported. All everybody wants in the SAFL is consistency and blatant cheap shots need to be eliminated and umpires need to take a stronger position.
Dynamic ruck rover Jack Outback Hatfield was tireless for the Swams while their big centre half-back Mick Fire Chief Simpson struggled hard. Congratulations also to Adam Rhodes for achieving the 50 goal milestone for the Swans last week. This weekend the SAFL moves into the semi finals.
Both games are on at Queen Elizabeth Park in the minor semi final Casino takes on Lismore at 12pm and in the major semi final at 2pm minor premiers Byron Bay take on Ballina.
Up there Cazaly!
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