Swans charge into grand final
SAFL with Roly Wintle
Like the light horse charging into Bethsheba during WWI, the Lismore Swans were simply more desperate than they opponents when they over-ran the Byron Bay Magpies 10.13.73 to 8.5.53 at Shulz Oval in Bangalow.
The Swans have struggled against Byron all year but on Saturday they played like 30 horses possessed by the smell of water to swamp their opponents.
Thanks to a strong breeze the Swans dominated the first quarter. In the second quarter the Magpies rallied, with their spearhead Shem Aitken kicking three goals. However, the Swans produced a workman-like performance against the breeze to hold on to a 47-33 lead.
In the third quarter the Swans pushed out to a 63-45 lead with Blair Patterson being well tagged by Daniel Bruce while Simon Howard and Captain Lyndon Dyson worked like men possessed in a fine defensive display. The last quarter was a thriller and the capacity crowd were on their feet as the Magpies responded, landing four goals to the Swans one. Magpie veterans Jason Rawnsley, Andy Robinson and Billy Smith led the charge but the Swans held out.
Shem Aitken slotted eight goals during the match to record 101 for the season. A truly remarkable performance in a losing side.
This Saturday at Fripp Oval in Ballina Scott Hurleys Bomber squadron and Ronnie Meldrums Swans will replay last years grand final. The match gets underway at 2pm. Dont miss it.
Up their Cazaly!