Fantastic day for the Swans as teams fire
IT WAS a fantastic day for the Dalby Swans on Saturday, with some great results across the board.
The seniors were in desperate need of a win if they wanted to stay in touch with the top five.
Thankfully, the side came up with the goods, producing an excellent victory.
The first quarter was a tight contest between the Swans and Highfields, with both sides taking seven shots at the posts.
The Swans had more shots on target, converting five goals and two behinds, to Highfields two goals and five behinds.
A strong performance by the Swans in the second quarter is what pushed the side over the line.
The midfield dominated control of the ball, led by ruckman Mark Bowie.
Bowie consistently won taps, which allowed midfielders Carl Doherty, Tim Ross, Brandon Peltz and Sam and Jack Rockliff to constantly drive the ball forward, dazzling the Highfields opponents.
The great effort by the midfielders provided a good foundation for the forwards Thomas Hirning and newcomer Brodie Easton.
The forwards gave their opponents a touch up, kicking eight goals in the second quarter and giving the Swans a lead of five goals at half-time.
Third quarter was an even contest, but the Swans came out firing in the last to boot home seven goals to comfortably trounce Highfields 20.15.135 to 10.14.74.
Coach Rockliff praised the performance of the seniors, paying particular attention to their dominance up the middle of the field.
The player rotations had the Highfields players bemused, and it appears the Swans may have found a good mix with Bowie and Beck in the rucks.
This, combined with the youth and speed of the five players through the middle, is producing great results.
Special mention to full forward Lachlan Thomas for a great marking and kicking display, putting away five goals.
The Windsor Hotel Man of the Match was awarded to midfielder Sam Rockliff.
There was also some great performances in the younger grades, with the under-12s comfortably winning 59-17.
The 16s had a huge win against their opponents 109-33.
The 14s were the only side to go down against Highfields in a valiant effort, losing 75-45.
Next week is sure to be a great contest against Goondiwindi, as the Swans look to increase their standing on the ladder.